Monday, May 9, 2011

Offlining it

Apparently I'm not the only one with social media manager fatigue--the post I wrote a few weeks ago ran on Social Media Today also and got WAY more comments than any posts on this blog ever get. It makes me wonder what the future of social media staffing will look like--will people who transitioned from something else to social media whatever look to transition back to whatever it was they moved away from in the first place? Or to something totally different?

While I'm not ready to scrap my current job and become a mortician yet (my backup plan; either that or hair stylist...) I am becoming sort of obsessed with the concept of what possible toll spending so much time online can take on a person. I bought two books recently that explore this idea: Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other and Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. (Neither of those are affiliate links, btw.) I think the theme of the more connected we become online, the less connected we become "in real life" is a valid one, and something that can definitely take a toll on not only a person, but their relationships, their ability to parent and just generally be present offline. Oh, and to ward off a call from my mom fretting that I'm implying my marriage is in the toilet or my kids are playing in traffic or something, it's not and they're not...I'm just talking about an overall theme here, not my personal life.

So anyway, if you're wondering where I am, I'm hopefully off reading one of these books and figuring out the secrets of the universe or something fun like that.

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