When I had a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday job, it was a given that I’d see the same people on a regular basis. For most of us older than 40, being at work for the better part of your waking hours has been the norm.
As the world changes, and work as many of us know it continues evolving, our time toiling for the man doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll have this same kind of face-to-face interaction. While many of us are freelancing these days, many others are telecommuting and working from home. You have interactions with people via telephone, email, and even social media, but rarely do you spend significant amounts of time in the presence of other human beings. It’s possible to do work for others and never once meet them in-person.
I don’t know what this means for society in the future. Since I don’t have a crystal ball, I have no way of knowing whether or not this will turn out well, or badly.
For the past few months, I’ve grown disenchanted with most the social media platforms I’ve been using, especially Facebook. As I like to say to the few humans I see and interact with in the flesh, “Facebook isn’t real.”
Monday was a national holiday and once more, I wasn’t invited to any MLK breakfasts, I spent my day at home, alone, putting things in place for the coming week. I also spent time reading on the interwebs, looking for articles and posts about Facebook.
This one, from two years ago was really interesting. It also was related to some of the things I’ve been thinking about regarding social media and its personal lack of value for me.
It appears that the more “connected” technology permits us to be, the more alienated from one another we become. This article from two years ago indicates that we have become a nation of lonely people. I may not have a crystal ball, but alienation and feeling disconnected doesn’t bode well for things like democracy and what remains of the social glue holding Americans together.
When I began blogging in 2003, I want to have a place to write. There was always an excitement to posting a brand new blog offering.
As a writer,you hone your craft by writing. For more than a decade, I’ve been regular as a blogger. However, as much as I like to write and post my regular Tuesday and Friday posts, I’ve seen traffic to my blog plummet. I’m guessing that Facebook has something to do with that.
Facebook makes us lonely—it also makes us lazy. It’s too easy to “like” something. Click a button, and feel good about doing nothing.
I’m planning to spend less time in 2015 on social media, and more connecting with real people, not profiles on a screen.