This shit is CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY. What in the blue HELL happened to face to face interaction??? Now I know this is going to make me seem like a bitter old man or something but I’m 27 writing this after realizing this myself. Plus what threw me into writing this was a friend of mine coming back from Chicago after attending a seminar on social media. She actually sort of works for me so I had to pay attention to what she was saying as far as how the world has shrunk, blah blah blah, we’re in a new age of branding, GREAT! I’ve somewhat tried to pay attention to social media trends but not really . . . meanwhile practicing the same face to face, “press the flesh”, shake of a hand business I’ve been doing this whole time. Even though it was on my to-do list to integrate the social media accounts I DID have (like two and I never used them) I never considered the power of online networking.

I’m an entrepreneur at heart so just like any other I have to adapt to trends to survive, that’s evolution, but I sort of went kicking and screaming the whole way. Seems like damn near every website now you can join, set up a profile, upload photos, videos, etc. just like MySpace and the like. A lot of positive things can be said about this new wave of social networking online but there are also some downsides. Your digital self is like what they did in Avatar, everything you do online you’re controlling an image of who you are and what you do. It’s relative to real life in that you control what and who you become in life just like yo do online.  It’s like you control a virtual mirror of yourself online. True you can reach way bigger audiences all around the world right from your laptop and really get to know them and that’s a good thing but here’s the downsides I see.

Less responsiblity, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen a YouTube video without a bunch of tough guy talk in the comments that would more than  likely not be exchanged in real life. People are bolder about what they say online but would never take responsiblity for it in real life. Next is what some have referred to as “the age of loneliness”. I do most of my book shopping online but last week I wanted to actually go to a bookstore . . . and the ones closest to where I’m at were all closed due to lack of sales . . . due to online sales taking their business. Look at the dating scene these days. More and more it’s being done online just like shopping. You type in your preferences and BAM you may have a match.

Call me old fashioned but I miss the days of good ol’ face to face interaction. It used to be when you’re having a conversation with somebody most of what they’re saying is in their body language. Now we all have to pick up tones and imagine voice inflection when texting, chatting, instant messaging, etc. and don’t even say you don’t. LMAO. I do a lot of stuff online and have expanded my internet prescence but nothing replaces the shake of a hand, reading body language, and being more responsible in your daily interactions. Maybe I’m just making too much of the subject but I guess it’s my way of dealing with the everchanging world and the fact that we’re getting closer and closer to . . . living in a matrix.

  1. Nick Navatta says:

    I feel exactly what your saying Gabe. I mean, I think it’s HEALTHY to have face-to-face interaction. Without it, I think we atrophy toward less empathy and understanding. Everything can be taken out of context on the internet and used against you. In face to face situations, you can get down to the root of what communication is occuring much easier. I think that social media should be an add-on to real life interaction, something that people can use to stay in touch when they are busy or can’t get to the people who offer them value in person. Finally, I think that getting caught up in online avatars should be something that each and every person needs to analyze for themselves if it is some sort of compensating behavior or furthering worthy relationships and causes.

    Great thoughts!

    • Gabriel Anton says:

      Thanks Nick . . . this post was more or less me ranting but a lot of people have related to it because I feel it touches on the aspects of change some of us are still trying to get used to.

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