The possibilities are endless! See you soon, speak later, g2g… to name just a few. This will more than likely be different for every person.
The methods we use to communicate online are called digital literacies. This refers to the language we use for different mediums. We have what is called a social identity which is how we represent ourselves online. This links to the things we post on Facebook, the things we tweet about and what kind of messages we send over whatsapp. Imagine if everyone used their online vocabulary in their spoken language. Personally this seems really odd. I don’t think I would stand up, ready to leave and say to a friend “G to G” . When we say it out loud it can seem a bit blunt.
It seems in some ways technology has allowed us to avoid conversation or at least be more direct in our approach. The increase in technology has allowed us to improve the working environment but it is also crazy to think that we would rather email someone than walk ten yards to talk to them.
Years ago if someone called you on your house phone, you would have to speak to them. Now we have mobiles and social media we can easily avoid people. If you don’t want to reply, you can ignore the message. I feel sad about this in a way. It would be much nicer if you could answer the phone instead of replying to a message. Things can easily be misinterpreted over messaging which may not have occurred if you phoned someone.
Social goods are the little self esteem boosts we receive from being online; this may include many likes on a picture or many comments on a post. Personally I think that ringing someone and getting lost in conversation is much nicer than receiving a Snapchat from them.
As I have started Uni and lost touch with some friends I realise I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I enjoy seeing what other people are doing and it’s quick and easy to message a friend. At the same time social media reduces the length of our conversation and allows us to ignore or be ignored.
What I am trying to say is that being online shouldn’t be about how many followers we have or how many likes we can get. Social media has allowed us to keep in contact with many people, when previously we wouldn’t have. We can have a small insight into peoples’ lives even if they live thousands of miles away. I do believe that social media can make us feel good about ourselves but it can easily have the reverse effect. I don’t really have a solution to these issues, I guess what I am trying to suggest is next time you pick up your phone think about whether a message or a call will make that person feel more important to you. Sometimes a talk with a good friend is all the therapy you need.