Is social networking worth it?
A year or so back I spent some time on a forum that is about blogging. A lot of what I saw was people trying to make money. The one theme that seemed to be foremost, was the instance of being on as many social media networks as possible.
I wondered just how many hours a day they spend doing stuff on the Internet and various networks in hopes of making what is more than likely a fast buck. On and on they went, ad nauseum. Past experience of this kind of endeavour has shown that is more wishful thinking than reality.
There are those who are not into this mindset. They use the social media in conjunction with their lifestyle and work (most income is from other sources).
The other side of the coin on this subject is the value of communicating with those you know. This comes into play especially well when you are on the other side of the world from your family or friends.
Photos are easily shared among your immediate circle of peers, as is your latest news. While email would work almost as well, the upside of something like Facebook is that you don't have to email 20 peoplejust post it on your page and that's it. For this kind of communication, then social networking is worth the effort.
There does seem to be an element of obsessiveness which can creep in though. Especially when you are not at work and there is no boss to tell you to get on with the more important things (like washing those dishes that are beginning to see left over food crawl off the plate).
For myself, I have little inclination to ever get involved with any social network. Not because I don't like people, but I'd rather speak face to face or on the phone as it is more personal. Then I have more true interaction than just whacking out something on a keyboard, especially as I did that for a living when designing and developing websites for near on 20 years.
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