Is Social Media Creating Communication Misfits?

I know at this point you might be sensing a theme with my blogs.  Truthfully, Social Media is a necessary part of business today.  It really is.  However, I think it’s important to continue to question methodology (kind of like how religious leaders continually question what life’s true meaning is).

What is a Telephone?

The other day that I was in the middle of feverishly writing a response to my client about website edits, when all of a sudden the telephone rang.  I looked at the device with curious fascination as well as aggravation since the ring disrupted my brilliant train of thought.  Low and behold it was my client who was calling.  She actually preferred to speak with me over the phone instead of the constant writing back and forth.  Honestly, I hate the phone and I can’t even tell you why, but I’m going to venture a guess.  I’ve become socially uncomfortable.  I am so used to communicating via email, text, Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and eventually  Google+ (oh Lord), that when confronted with actual phone or face to face communication, I’m thrown for a loop. 

Working from Home

I’ve been working from home for over ten years.  I can truly appreciate how many more productive hours there are when you don’t have to commute.  And listen, not showering or putting on make-up can add at least another 30 minutes. Okay, that last comment is what the “experts” warn you about. It’s not okay, to do this.  There’s a great article called How to Work From Home Like You Mean It  and it points out that if you’re not careful, you can find yourself immersed in the world of online distractions (keep your mind out of the gutter) which can prevent you from going outside to connect with humanity.  Help is available.

 Networking Groups as “Group Therapy”

Thank goodness for networking groups.  It’s really an odd sensation knowing I can better articulate my thoughts and ideas on paper than I can looking someone in the eye. I have a degree in Speech Communication! It’s gotten so bad that I have better conversations with my mother via email (and my mother in-law via text).  Maggie Fox tweeted something very funny last week,“Why IM when you can yell?”  I laughed out loud and then  thought, who am I going to yell at (or to)? Now I see a whole different reason to join networking groups aside from meeting great people and establishing potential relationships…..it’s the human connection.  I am currently reaching out for the very first time and will be joining a group.  I cannot tell you what a stretch this is for me. But it’s all good.

For those of you who also feel like communication misfits, I would love to hear from you (seriously).  Please post a comment here or on my Facebook page, but whatever you do, DON’T CALL ME (jk).