Actually not entirely, but I do admit that the lure of the social networks have all but fizzled into haphazard interest at best. I was trying to come to terms why I have failed to post to Twitter, answer all my Facebook contact requests, post reply comments to my YouTube videos and join yet another group on MySpace.
To be honest, I’ve reached social networking burn out. Why can’t we go back to the old times when we had barely a handful of these sites to content with? I mean, every time I switch on my computer I find yet another one of these sites as if they multiply all by themselves.
Sometimes I wonder whether there are still enough people on the Internet to populate these upcoming sites to make them work? Naturally there must be, since they pop up like new mushrooms after spring rain. Or is this some type of modern slavery, trying to suck us into joining these sites, tumble, spin and wash us around, only to kick us out at the other end when we fail to participate on a daily basis. I mean, who in the world has got the time to be a member of all the cool networking sites? You’d have to be a full time networker to make the most and even then you’d fail miserably.
So, to ask the real question: what is the purpose of these social networks?
Lack of a social offline life
One aspect of the popularity of these sites could certainly be the lure to connect with others, like minded people who also sit in front of their computer all by themselves.
The only thing is most of these sites get populated by teenagers. Teenagers who should be offline, playing in the park, kicking around a soccer ball. Or else meet with their friends to go for a round of window shopping.
Did I miss the transition from last century to this one?
I have this feeling I did. Somewhere along the lines between my schooling years in the good old 80s (ouch, don’t tell anybody my age) and today our social behavior has taken on a whole new turn.
Is it for the better? To be honest, I don’t think so at all. Back in the old days we were happy to hang out in town, at home, with friends, talk, meet for parties, play, go window shopping because we only had like $20/week pocket money and do all the seemingly boring things cool kids of today would snicker their nose at.
Mind you, in those days there was no Internet. At least not for the mass population. Hell, I still played with Legos when I was 14 and I’m not afraid to admit this either.
So, have social networking sites replaced the Legos of yesteryear? Or has there been (by some disturbing intervention I might ad) a worldwide call for dozens of new social networking sites to be launched every month?
I don’t know and really, I don’t care. I’ve had enough. Social networks are time wasters, unless of course I use them to network with future business associates. But come to think of it, isn’t a blog right for this too?
What do you think?