We all hate our phones!!
How many of us now screen our phone calls? We don’t want to answer because the person on the other end of the phone likely just wants to fulfill their own need, try have something to sell…or a story to tell that we may be interested in but we don’t have time at this particular moment….
A phone call is like an alarm going off on a weekend morning when you wanted to sleep in!! Sometimes you are glad it went off, you may accomplish something, but more often you would have rather slept in and woken on your own terms…When that alarm goes off unexpectedly at my house – it gets a beating – probably why I seriously buy a new alarm clock about every 6 months!
And thus arrives social media.
If you still aren’t getting it – here is another wake up call.
Facebook is about keeping up with people you actually care about. They care about you and what you are doing (because who else would care that you just fed your cat and think its’ cute dude?) The problem most of us have is finding time to keep up to these important people in our lives. You run into an old friend and ask….what’s new – and it’s so overwhelming that you both say ‘not much’ when in fact you just had the most amazing six months of your life! Your boyfriend left you for another boy, you won the lottery and spent it all on one amazing trip around the world, and now you are once again broke and nobody will hire you because you told them all off…
….If only you had found each other on facebook, you could have easily had a glimpse into that persons life. Maybe you no longer have the same interests, or maybe you have more in common and develop a valuable and long lasting relationship. If you had known this earlier, you probably would have even been invited to the big party when your old friend celebrated flipping off the world!
This is truly what I am finding on Facebook. I am meeting people and becoming friends with so many that think like I do. I can’t wait to go back for more!
The beauty of this is that you can actually maintain this relationship to some degree at your own convenience. It’s not difficult to find out “what’s new” in your friends life because they just shared some special moments and special thoughts on Facebook (and often its’ not about feeding the cat) Because of the multiple media platform, they also shared some pictures of their beautiful family and probably of the recent renovation of their home. Perhaps they had a career change or took up a hobby – and you had no idea they loved the same exact music you do!
Too many of us want to believe the bad press about privacy – it’s stupid. Period. If you think you are keeping private because you refuse to get on Facebook, you are only kidding yourself. The real critical information that you would worry about isn’t really shared on Facebook anyways. Almost anyone could track you down and get important financial information about you if they really wanted – its not too hard to find out where someone lives, what they do for a living, have a pretty good idea of what they earn by their profession and where they live. It’s not all that difficult if someone really wanted to figure out a lot more about you than you want them to with or without Facebook. So avoiding this is going to put you in the category of those silly people who just don’t get a good thing when they see it. You don’t really want to be one of those people do you?
There is a reason that 500 million peopleare on Facebook – it’s pure genius – here is why……(watch for key words inhere…)
We all like to talk!
Especially when we discover something new,or have something good or bad happen in our lives. We want to share this information with our friends. Isn’t it great when you tell a friend how much you like something and they like it too?
We all like to learn
Especially from others who think like we do. This is a reason we go to school,read books, take classes and network with people of similar interests. This is Facebook. A place to learn from others, read information that our network of colleagues and friends share.
We all like to show our individuality
As much as we like to learn from others, we also like to show others how we are different. By sharing ideas, pictures, places we go and things we like to do. Back to square one where we like to talk -but by showing our individuality we find ways of connecting to new and exciting people who also benefit our lives…
Back to my point
My phone is ringing right now – I am not going to take the call because I am busy with something I am currently more interested in. I also understand that when I phone, unless you are waiting to hear back from me I am likely disturbing something you are enjoying more than what I might be able to offer. So you wait, listen to the message and decide if it’s better to call me now or continue what you were doing.
If you had Facebook, you could better organize your social calendar and decide who are and are not important people in your life. You can find and build exciting new relationships or simply enjoy the most inviting reality show you have ever seen!! The cool thing now is you can do it on your own schedule!
Text messages, email and now Facebook/Twitter are the way we will prefer to communicate – its just more efficient!
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