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Social Networking What Do You Think??

I was reading a blog the other day. The topic was social networking. You know facebook, twitter, etc, etc. They weren't saying those things were bad just that they have started to replace our actual face to face interactions a little. I thought about it a lot and realized that I miss having a phone conversation to re-connect with a long lost friend or colleague from a past job. Of course now we don't answer the phone because we don't know the number or the long lost friend is obviously not programmed into our blackberry or iphone.
The reason for all this......I reconnected with a friend from college the other night and we actually TALKED on the phone. It was wonderful. I heard the inflection in his voice and sensed his emotion when we were talking about our lives now and the things we had been through in the past several years. I was able to hear the laughter not a LOL. I was renewed and happy and excited to share with my husband what our old friend was up to these days.
I have instant messaged and twittered and facebooked and text messaged myself into sore fingers and I will certainly continue to do all these things. But I know they will not replace the SPOKEN word for me and hopefully my kids will still continue to converse with their friends and learn those essential social skills that social networking is starting to take away.
What do you think? Leave me a comment or better yet do your own social networking post.

Comments

Lucy and Ethel said…
With busy schedules, being able to communicate whenever I can (and get a response whenever I can) is most appreciated.

HOWEVER, I do miss the simplicity of phone calls and real letters at times. And it is really nice to hear the inflection in a phone conversation - so many misunderstandings with just words... or abbreviations!

Lucy
i agree! i like being able to converse on fb...but when i really want to talk to someone...I use the phone...like today...I really wanted to CALL you but my hubby was on the phone...you were on fb so I was able to chat a minute....Rhett and i have already made the decision that our kids will not have their own phones until older I hope that stays true! later gater!
The Mommy Chef said…
I miss this too which is why I make it a point to talk to friends on the phone, meet for girls night out or lunches and I still write handwritten letters and thank you notes. It is very important to me that not everything I communicate come from a technical device. Besides, I am NOT nearly as funny via text, blog or email as I am in person!LOL(hee hee)! Great post:)
R Clan said…
I VERY much enjoy talking to you on the phone or face to face. Sometimes you can't do that with everyone you know. Can't take up all my minutes on my phone, or they don't have texting...little things like that so I connect through blogs or facebook...Although I would like to get rid of facebook and somehow still keep in touch with some of those friends. You can't beat a LIVE voice though. I do wish there was more of that still.
Girly Do's said…
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have a lot of internet friends and even old friends I like to keep in touch with but life is so crazy calling and keeping up with all of them is impossible, but my family and closest friends will never get boxed! I have the handful of close friends that I call all the time and have good relationships with. Unfortunately I can't keep up with everyone so some of them get boxed... But I still care for them.
Holly K said…
Great post - I am always up for a conversation about technology. Just a tip - to make it easy for people to pop into your BlogFrog forum to discuss, you can link to the forum right from your post! I do this all the time and it makes it easy for people to jump over and reply.

Cheers! Holly at TheBlogFrog
Trench Mommy said…
Great thoughts. I have to admit that I actually don't enjoy talking on the phone. Not sure why...but I have grown to be this way. I think it's because with kdis I feel like i'm out of control when I'm on the phone and they get into trouble & I can't do much about it! Thanks for stopping by...I'm going to add you to my blogroll.
Mandy said…
I like to think of Twitter and Facebook etc. as extra ways to communicate - sure they don't replace face-to-face or voice-to-voice but without them I wouldn't feel as in touch with some of me friends. And they've helped me reconnect with friends I haven't spoken to for years. Now ... tweeting to each other over the dinner table might be the limit!
~Brenda said…
I completely agree. The art of listening and responding is somewhat lost. I communicate so much better in writing, so I appreciate all the networking. But there's something special about hearing the laugh, instead of reading the LOL.

I hear ya'.

~Brenda

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