Society is a place where people will call you abnormal if you are not like them. That’s more like peer pressure, isn’t it?
Daily Prompt – How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?
I am writing a daily prompt after so many days. It seems I faced a writer’s block. But that happens, doesn’t it. I don’t commumnicate online differently. Actually I don’t communicate online at all. I do everything in person. I have no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no…just name any social network. I deleted everything a long time ago. Even before I started this blog.
This blog is the only medium of my communication. And since WordPress doesn’t support a lot of emoticons, I express my emotions and intent in purely written form. Mostly I use adverbs and adjectives. Or sometimes I just put a (sigh) at the end of a sentence when I can’t help it.
Online communication has taken over the world (or will take over the world, eventually). And there is nothing we can do about it. Whenever I’m travelling in a bus or a train, I always see people glued to their smartphones and tablets. It’s like they would die if they lose these small electronic gadgets. (Sigh). I admit that I have a smartphone (who doesn’t have one these days?) but I use it only when I need it. I don’t have any social apps installed on it and I always refrain from doing so no matter how much any of my friend forces me. One friend even texted me a link to download WhatsApp on my phone but I just discarded it. Hahaha.
Communicating emotion through purely written form doesn’t get conveyed the same way always. So it is better to communicate in person. Talking over the phone isn’t a bad idea either.
I landed up on this webpage a few days ago while reading my newsletters and it read, “Understanding Your Social Media Personality”. It piqued my interest though I removed myself from all the social networks last month.
The article talked about how social media reflects the real personal and professional life of its users. It classifies people according to their actions on social media sites like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. There was a short quiz to determine what type of sharer I was. I gave the quiz and my result was “Content Strategist”. It would be different for different people though. If you have 5 minutes, try the quiz and find out what type of social media user you are and if have more time you may consider reading the whole article.
If you have given the test, tell me what type of sharer are you.