It’s not you, it’s me (or why I have trouble committing to social networks)

30 Jul

I have still not joined GenealogyWise (and probably won’t now) and I am gradually spending less and less time on Facebook, and I will probably be gone from there completely by the end of August.

It seems that I am not the only one that seems to be losing interest in social networking. Many people cite the amount of time that it takes to keep up with updating everything. For me though I think it is a case of not really enjoying the whole process. If it was something that I enjoyed then I would find the time to do it.

So for example if I had to make the choice between spending an hour reading a book or an hour watching television, I would almost certainly choose to read a book, knowing I would enjoy that more and probably receive greater benefit from doing so.

It must be my personality, because whether it is walking or researching, in real life or online, I much prefer to build a relationship on a one to one basis than as part of a larger group. Basically I am a loner, I will walk for miles on my own (and I am mostly happy that way), but that doesn’t mean I don’t stop and chat to people, but I don’t think I could ever see myself going rambling as part of a larger group.

So what I am saying is that social networking doesn’t appeal to my solitary instincts, and if it doesn’t interest me then I don’t feel inclined to spend any time on it. I would rather be doing something I found more enjoyable.

I think there is a certain element of peer pressure involved, and I have never been one to do what was expected of me, so just remember if you don’t enjoy doing it and you don’t have to do it, then don’t bother doing it. Life is short enough already and I still have plenty of ancestors to track down (now that is my idea of fun).

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2 Responses to “It’s not you, it’s me (or why I have trouble committing to social networks)”

  1. evelynyvonnetheriault January 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Interesting conversation over here today:
    http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-wise/

    P.S. Gloating forbidden!

  2. John Gasson January 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    I shall keep my gloating under wraps for now!

    To be honest I had forgotten all about GenealogyWise, it will be interesting to see what happens.

    I shall have to start paying attention again!

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