Networking is something that every website, phone app and job expo is constantly throwing at us, and its something that we are constantly doing with our friends anyway. Google+ has its weird little circle things that I still don’t understand, Facebook has groups, pages and many other tools to help your group your friends based on activities or interests and MySpace really just wants you to do anything on its website. This networking can now be done in a second and across the world thanks to the World Wide Web that we take for granted today.
Every day, we use this technology and rely on it to communicate with everyone around us, and even with people right next to us – If you’ve never messaged someone on Facebook about the class you’re currently sitting with them in you are either lying, over 23. It’s this kind of instant and sometimes really not required communication that I personally believe has lead to what I see as a never-ending conversation.
Our texts, Facebook messages and posts online more often than not allow you to see when your message has been “seen” by the other party/parties and this almost obsessive need to know if what you’ve said has been read I think exacerbates peoples already current fears of being ignored. The “seen” feature often in my experience leads to people simply not opening their messages, essentially pausing conversation mid-topic because it would be too much hassle to deal with it in that moment.This “seen” nature of conversation, paired with apparent need for social networks to tell us when people are online means people often expect an instant response.
These factors I believe are why we are constantly stuck in a never-ending conversation – so many people and so many different things to say, and often these conversations are happening all at once – a far cry from not so long ago when we relied upon face-to-face communication and letters. It’ll be interesting see where online communication heads next – personally, I hope it involves me never seeing “seen” again.