I’ve been thinking a lot about my last post about not having faith in social networking. During my travels through the internet I happened across this interview with Stephen Fry which really started to bring things into perspective (it is a half hour long and while the whole interview is interesting most of the point that I got from it regarding this class is in the first 2 minutes or so).
Here is the video (it wouldn’t embed for some reason).
The reason why social media works for so many people is that (~4:20 in the video) is that there are always people more interesting than themselves and social media allows you to connect with those people. It isn’t that I think that I am more interesting than others its that social media sites/texting/etc have become too slow for me. I’ve started to appreciate actually talking to people either on the phone or face to face which gives you instant feedback to what you are saying. Your sample space is minuscule in comparison but the amount of information about the other person you get through a conversation is so much more than through twitter or other forms of social media.
I realize that only looking around at the people in your immediate network limits the people you can talk to and it is limiting but I have started to realize that I find the social networks limiting in the same way. I keep picking on twitter but statistics recently released show that twitter conversations are not terribly deep. Only 1.53% of twitter conversations are three levels deep (there are all sorts of interesting twitter stats found here).