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"Dr. Strangetweet, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Ignore Social Media"

By CharlieSpencer ·
Often someone will approach me looking for an automated solution to a problem. In these cases one of my first questions is usually, "What process are you using now? How are you doing this manually?"

I've finally got it through my thick skull that I don't have to use every new utility and tool that's available on the Internet, especially the 'social networking' ones. Most of these tools do things I'm not doing 'manually' in non-electronic formats. I was trying to use these tools as electronic solutions to problems and needs I don't have in my off-line life. I don't concern myself with on-line gaming, movies, or music services because I don't engage in those activities in the real world; I realized social media fall into the same category.

I feel much better now.

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I imagine

by santeewelding In reply to "Dr. Strangetweet, or How ...

You have your hands full enough with this one.

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This place is about as close as I come.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I imagine

For me, TR serves as professional interaction. The social setting is an additional benefit, but I'd be here even if Tammy stopped letting us say 'S#IT!' and wander all over the electronic landscape.

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Ignorance is an art

by GSG In reply to "Dr. Strangetweet, or How ...

I hate, hate, hate, these "Social Networking" things. Sorry folks, IM'ing, tweeting (I tawt I taw a puddy tat), etc.. is not being social. It's being anti-social.

I do admit that I've recently downloaded some MP3 albums from Amazon. Mostly because my store didn't have them as they were a bit obscure, and because they were cheaper.

At Christmas I had quite the urge to smack the snot out of my nephew. They allow him to IM on his phone constantly. He'll be on that thing at 3am. I told him at dinner if he didn't put the phone away, I would and he wouldn't like where I'd put it. That miffed my brother and his wife, but he was being so rude.

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Isn't this kind of like social networking???

by jimmy-jam In reply to "Dr. Strangetweet, or How ...

Just throwing it out there.

I recently signed up on Facebook. I had a specific reason for doing so but now all these people who I used to know from way back when are sending me friend requests. I feel bad about turning them down so I don't but if I haven't seen or talked to you for 15 years... there is probably a reason for that.

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Exactly why I've not done it

by seanferd In reply to Isn't this kind of like s ...

First, Facebook, I don't trust at all, on several levels. One friend of mine totally surprised me by sending me an invitation, I didn't think he'd join such a thing. He did it, I believe, for some specific family reason, but now random people from the past are sending him friend requests. Not something I'm willing to deal with.

I don't need any of the stuff SN offers, but I can see why certain people use it professionally - they use it for one particular aspect, they don't follow the ridiculous "I just went to the bathroom" Tweets.

You could do SN in forums, but that isn't the main focus. Just holding conversations, in a topical or off-topic manner, isn't really SN. In fact, a lot of people don't really use SN for its networking aspect at all, just for the "socializing" (or trolling) aspects.

Heck, newsgroups are older than the internet, forget "Web 2.0".

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Every generation gets familar with new technology

by DadsPad In reply to "Dr. Strangetweet, or How ...

that us older 'folks' can't see the use of. Some things are just advancement, like color tv and cell phones, but others still can't adjust. My mother-in-law, she is no longer with us, could not even use a cordless phone, let alone a CD player. We, once, got her a cordless phone so she would not have to stand and talk. She still stood and talked on the phone like it had a 3 ft cord.

Are we like that? I do not see the advantage of SN, but do recognize this generation has grabbed it with a passion. This generation grew up with little real privacy; every newer cell phone has a camera, cameras are everywhere outside, parents are contantly taking pictures and using movie cameras, reality TV is popular, personal things go on YouTube, etc. Is it any wonder why they do not see anything wrong with notifing friends of every little thing?

Makes you wonder what their children will do that makes no sense the them.

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I can see the advantages for others

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Every generation gets fam ...

"I do not see the advantage of SN, but do recognize this generation has grabbed it with a passion."

Oh, I can see the advantages for others (except maybe Twitter; I can't get past the 140-character limit).

Your mom-in-law already used a phone, she just didn't take advantage of the cordless feature. I realized I'm not particularly social to begin with, so I've stopped trying to take advantage of social media features that solve problems I don't have. I was forcing myself to use these applications to do something I don't know how to do off-line.

Maybe if I had better real world social skills I'd be better at using these tools and getting more value from them.

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Nah...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to I can see the advantages ...

I'm actually fairly social, and I still couldn't give a flying fig about most of these social networking apps.

My wife was doing stuff on Facebook, and truthfully, the effort:reward ratio seemed way too high for my liking. Same goes for Twitter.

I can see why people would like them and use them, but they just aren't up my alley.

I reserve the right to change my mind, though, if an applicable use of either presents itself that wows me.

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Agreed.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Nah...

I'm fairly social too. And don't give a fig about social networking sites.

I do IM with some friends I've made here to swap thoughts and ideas, idle chatter, compare notes.

I'm being urged to join FaceBook, but I don't know. I'd have to give up time here, and I don't think I want to do that. I don't want to catch up with most people from out of my dim past, and don't want the potential bazillions of 'invitations' that may ensue rolling in.

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Certain Purpose

by KSoniat In reply to "Dr. Strangetweet, or How ...

At a local school two young high school age students ran away. The parents posted missing posters on the social networking sites, and it was through that vehicle they were found.

Because the kids went willingly the parents were not allowed to post an "Amber alert".

I have started to use facebook, but sparingly. Some people seem to spend their life taking the surveys etc. and I have since blocked those people who send me "bling" or "eggs" or request I take the surveys.

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