I have been noticing over the summer that I truly am starting to move away from email and the phone to connect personally with friends and family, and now with colleagues as well.Â
I find it amazing that in only a few short months, even in business, it has become commonplace to Facebook instant message a quick comment or note without any proper grammatical style or concern for tone.Â If I were to send an email to that same colleague, it would begin with a greeting, follow a formal format and end with a proper sign off.Â Now I am posting notes to their wall for all to see, and letting them know through my status updates that I enjoy a bowl of lucky charms on occasion!
A friend told me last week that he wondered if the pressure to always be socially â€œconnectedâ€ or in touch was leading him to adult ADD!Â I would have to agree, the pressure to be connected is getting worse! Â Those in their 20â€™s are connecting through MSN around the clock, in addition, like the rest of us â€“ there are text messages, emails via our PCâ€™s and now through our PDAâ€™s or blackberryâ€™s – and these create theÂ expectation of an immediate response.Â Â
Now social networks like Facebook and Linked In have added the extra pressure of being socially â€œavailableâ€ to new friends, long lost high school buddies,Â business associates, family members, â€œtertiary friendsâ€ as I have heard it described (or those not in your immediate network â€“ but those who have become your â€œfriendâ€ within your social map) â€“ ahhh â€“ stop the madness!
Ok â€“ so back to the original point of this post.Â Communication is very rapidly changing and making us move very quickly.Â I guess I would suggest to my friend â€“ turn it off once in awhile and just â€œbeâ€ again. Â Although I am recommending it, I donâ€™t know if I can â€“ I might miss something!
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