There is an image which has been circulating of a whole load of men within a train carriage reading newspapers with the caption relating to the fact that we didn’t used to interact much more when there were no smart phones about. I sometimes wonder how we ever managed to meet in the middle of town without having a phone to say ‘I’m here!’ or ‘I’m running late!’ I guess we were just a lot more organised then. But does technology have an impact on social discussion and how people interact…this is the topic of this week’s waffle.
There are a range of applications and sites which allow us to interact with each other. These range from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, to the online dating sites (I don’t know the name of any of these). Beyond the well used phone calls and emails, we now have texts, messengers and even the infamous Snapchat! All allow us to not only interact and make our opinions know, but also make us a lot more available for the interaction. There was a time when taking the phone receiver off the hook meant you were completely unreachable. Now, even our mobile devices are talking to us and wishing us a good day. So with us being more available/accessible, has technology had a positive impact on social interaction and discussion.
There are many positives about carrying out discussions with technology. I wouldn’t say these were advantages, just positives since I am not suggesting that technology would ever remove or replace that personal interaction. With discussion forums and platforms like Twitter, we can engage in conversations across the internet. We don’t actually need to be at the conference or in the room to ask our questions they can be answered and discussed while we are seeping coffee or sat in our pyjamas. Technology also allows use to engage more readily with experts around the world, whether these might be famous authors or bloggers or experts in companies like NASA. With forums we can engage if and when we want. We don’t need to check caller ID, we can chose ourselves when to post, when to engage and when to actually just listen – without being asked, when we do not contribute, whether we are ok.
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