A conversation I had last night keeps reverberating with me-and has had me thinking a lot this morning (was helpful on the treadmill to think about something other than my sore calf muscles).
Sometimes I joke, and sometimes I am serious that I can have a very anti-social streak in me. Given the choice I would rather sit at home, watch sports and just shut out the world. Yet, I am pretty active in social media circles, I work for one of the largest media companies in the world, I process 100’s of emails/day-seven days a week. I am always communicating.
Last night, for the third or fourth time, I took the option to self-scan items at the Stop and Shop. A)nd I don’t mean in the checkout lane without a cashier. I mean, getting a portable scanning gun when I walk into the store and a handful of bags, and then scanning the items off the shelf as I bag them.
A friend (the person I was talking to last night) and I have dubbed this “anti-social shopping.” And it is. It keeps me from looking at anyone, chatting with anyone or even interacting with anyone.
Flash that against my Twitter stream-pretty aggressive in two way conversation. Flash that against my commuting habbits, where generally I can chat away with anyone on the train on the way to or from work. There is a disconnect I think.
So, now I am thinking that there is a limit to the amount someone can communicate in a day or week–and rather than expanding my communications channels-I am re-channeling that effort.
Mind you, I am pretty sure the conversations on Twitter, Plurk, Social Median, Digg etc are far better than the idle chitter/chatter I would encounter at Stop and Shop–but I am just not sure how it all fits in.
No changes planned-but perhaps I should find a way to study the communication paths I choose-and figure out which are more effective.; which are more fulfilling and which are simply to pass the time of day.