What Did We Do Before Online Social Networking?by Tyler Woods on Jan. 29, 2010, under Life
Okay okay I admit it. I do the social networking thing. I facebook, myspace, twitter, link-in and every other means of social networking I can. I work part time as a freelance writer for a variety of online health magazines and using these forms of networking is a good business practice, plus I admit it is fun. Some of these social networks are good for people to join and catch up with old high school buddies, share music and pictures, find a date, escape loneliness and learn socialization skills by means of online mini blogging. Though it is difficult to have conversation with people who only speak mini blogging language, it got me thinking…
How the heck did we socialize before facebook and twitter? My God, it must have been a horrible way to live our lives. Can you imagine that a person would have to actual pick up a phone or even worse pick up a pen and write a letter? Now I admit, I have not written a letter by hand in years and years. Let’s face it e-mail has made it easier.
Still, what the heck did we do before we had social networking? As a kid we belonged to a variety of social clubs. Some were mandatory like the church ones that my parents dragged me to. And though I hated it, so did half the other kids that got dragged to church social hour against their will. We all had something in common and we were able to socialize and talk about how much we hated church and our families for forcing us to believe in something that we didn’t!
Then there were the scouting programs. Dare say I was kicked out of Campfire and Girl Scouts so that did not work for me, but I was able to socialize with all the other girls that got kicked out too and we had a common bond. As a kid I lived on a ranch and we had a baseball field. Everyone was invited after school to play baseball and even kids I never met soon became friends.
As a young adult, pre-computer, I did things like go out and meet people. I played in a band and had a great outlet to meet people. I went to events and social networking and met people. I was smart enough to grab phone numbers. Of course I did not have my trusty Blackberry. I had to actually write down someone’s number, but that’s okay I still knew how to use a pen and paper back then.
There was also the telephone. You know it was a thing that actually connected to the wall and you had to really sit and focus on your friendship. You could not call a friend while driving to the store, or grocery shopping, or text while in a movie. Nope you had to sit still and really concentrate on your friendship and really care that you talked to them. Friends were not excess baggage that you took along with you via phone as you ran your errands.
I still do the original social networking. You know actually talk to someone and be focused, not running and errand or texting. Though I admit there are times when I do have to talk to someone while I am out and about, or I text little “I love yous” to my spouse.
I suppose it would be nice to have a balance, but so many of us humans do not do balance. Take a tad of this, blend it with a bit of that, take the new with the old and create some balance. I suppose more people would be balanced if balance had a page on facebook or myspace.