Am I Becoming Anti-Social?

Up until a few years ago, about as “social” I was on line was going into the occasional geek chat room to talk about the latest Stargate episode. Then I got roped into joining Facebook for the new job I had. I started requesting friends and liking things. I had no clue why I was doing this. It wasn’t long before I was Tweeting, Foursquaring, Digging and whatever else I had to do for my job at the time. Now there is Klout, Google+ and god knows what else.

I don’t have time to do all of these. It is hard enough trying to be on Facebook alone. I am not sure I would be able to tweet if my blog wasn’t automatically posting there. I am not sure what the hell Klout is about or why I have any or what to do with the Klout I have. I don’t think I have dug anything for quite a while and I am not sure where I am supposed to check in on what service so that I can have a political future in a coffee shop.

I don’t really want to join Google + but I am sure that I will end up on there eventually despite my better judgement. To me it is just social overload. There is a car commercial right now, actually a couple of them that reflect my sentiment PERFECTLY! They both have a younger person talking about how they are worried that their parents aren’t social enough. The one commercial has a girl on her computer mocking her parents for having 16 friends while she has over 600 or some nonsense. They then show her parents being out and about biking with friends and then getting into their car. It may be a little different than I am relaying but you get the idea. They are making fun of how people think “being social” is about being online all the time.

I don’t want to be social only on the computer. Yes, I keep in touch with friends and have made new friends because of the computer, however, I can’t golf with some of these friends, I can’t go to dinner with most. I don’t want to attend a virtual something somewhere. I still want to have a real life.

I hope in a few years people still actually will se each other face to face occasionally.

Gotta go, I have a virtual thing to go to in 42nd Life.


3 Responses to “Am I Becoming Anti-Social?”

  1. I’m just leaving this comment so that I can debate with myself whether I’m being social here, when we don’t even know each other, or whether this is really just me talking to myself. I’ve got a cat here. That’s a good sign. I could be out on the sidewalk greeting passer-bys, but it’s dark, so that wouldn’t work.

    Well, I guess that’s enough small talk. I’m done socializing for the day.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. I’m with you on this completely!
    I DO have Google+, but I’ve never done 4square, Digg and honestly – I don’t even know what Klout is. Most of the time, I don’t do it. I like being able to smack someone, or grab their ass, depending on the situation.

  3. I am on Google+ and Twitter and use them (Twitter moreso, but we’ll see). I’m also on Facebook but hardly use it (it’s mostly Katie leaving comments as me). Haven’t done 4sq, although I do Gowalla, but less as a social function and more just because it’s fun to see all the places you’ve been. Same with GetGlue for multimedia checkins and Instagram for photography checkins. At this point, I’d love to ditch Facebook, but need it for work. Google+ I’m still going to play with for a while. I did dump a bunch of others I was sampling last year. Felt good to cut them.

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