Friday, March 20, 2009

A thought to ponder about social networks

Social networking for both personal and professional reasons has taken off in an incredible escalation in recent months. People are hearing daily about Twitter, Facebook and other not as popular networking sites. They are popping up all over. There are many reasons why and the most important is so that we can connect with others. We are social beings. We can be anonymous or important just with a few clicks of the mouse. Personally I feel like the amount of time that I could spend on these sites is huge. I am a very chatty gal who likes networking with others.

I am concerned though that the amount of time that I spend in networking has changed me in a way that is not necessarily positive. I can easily get lost in networking sites for two or three hours. I don't think that I am alone in this. How does this happen one wonders? It is easy. I write something on a networking site, read what others are saying, visit links that others suggest, find something interesting and before I know it, 2 hours have passed. Is this wasted time? In some ways "yes" and in other ways "no". I am going to get better at watching the time, walking away after a set amount of time and being more judicious about the purpose of my time on the computer.

I think I will always enjoy social networks. It is about balancing time and that is not always easy for me.