This past week I reached my threshold for requests to join yet another online social network. NOT!!!!!
What tipped me over the edge were the people who asked me to join their network whom I don't even know. Then there are the dear souls that I do know who ask me to join their network. I used to attempt to check out the networks of the people I knew, as a courtesy, when I had time, but I'm out of energy for more new stuff.
Here's the deal. I'm 56 years old and have lived long enough to have lots of friends whom I value greatly. Some of them go back 35 years or more. What time I have after work and obligations I prefer to spend with the people I have invested time with, rather than on the computer. At the end of April I return to Ohio where I lived most of my life and will spend several days visiting friends in different cities. I will get together with my college roommates for our annual reunion (we graduated in '73!).
In the business I am in, personal networking is a must. It takes a number of meetings to build trust and I devote quite a bit of time to it.
I guess I don't want to spend the little free time I have building additional online social networks, outside of my relationships in the blogging world. Do I think online social networks are of value - yes. I assume they are worthwhile to promote a business, or to connect interests. But it's just not my cup of tea.
Call me old-fashioned, backwards, middle-aged. There's just something to be said for the face-to-face contact, and the personal touch. Computers can only do so much. The rest is up to us.
[This blogger reserves the right to eat her words at a later date if and when she decides to change her mind, becomes better informed, or both.]
Let's get some different opinions on this topic - I'd love to learn more about the other side from all my blogging buddies who are far more techy saavy than moi. Is this more than a generational issue?