My relationship with twitter has evolved over the last 2 years. I still love it, don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those weird people who goes out of her way to actually meet, IRL, the people she “meets” via social media. And I’ve met some really awesome people.
But for the most part, lately, I mainly use twitter for work. Like 90% of the time.
There’s just so much noise out there. And yeah, I realize that there are plenty of people who’d define me as noise. It’s all a matter of taste and perspective. It can be hard to sort through the noise, to find the stuff I want to read/hear.
Anyway, yesterday I caught this tweet from @SilentScorpion - “I would like to thank my momma for making sure I wasn’t socially awkward. She encouraged me to join extra curricular activities and meet ppl” and it got me to thinking.
I know a lot of socially awkward people (please note: the following statements are not meant to offend anyone). A LOT. In fact, just the other night, I was out with friends and we were talking about the fact that we know A LOT of socially awkward people. Not in a teasing, aren’t they pathetic kind of way. More in a huh, how’d that happen, kind of way. Because, some of the people in question, the socially awkward ones, are social media folks and bloggers and their online personas are, well, NOT socially awkward. They come across confident and secure. And then you meet them and find out they have issues with eye contact and simple interpersonal communication.
Which I find interesting. Though not exactly weird. It’s hardly surprising that some people create online personas for themselves that reflect who they wish they were.
Even more interesting, to me, is the idea that Silent Scorpion is attributing her lack of social awkwardness to the fact that her mother encouraged to join extra curricular activities. I’m sure she’s right. Why wouldn’t she be?
That got me to thinking about other people. I know a lot of people who have the gift of gab. Who can pretty much be comfortable talking to anyone, anywhere, anytime. And who’ve been put to that test, repeatedly, as adults (moving to different places, having daunting professional challenges that require them to build relationships with diverse people under less than ideal conditions). And I don’t imagine many of them picked up those skills in extra curricular activities. Though who knows?
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