A study by the University of Maryland indicates college students are seriously addicted to the internet.
I’d like to know what addiction isn’t serious but I digress.
A class of 200 students disconnected from all electronic media for 24 hours after which they blogged about their experiences. The accumulated 110,000 words were centered around “bored, distracted, dependence, difficult” among others. The infographs in the study are great visuals.
When I saw the first paragraph of the results of the study I couldn’t believe it. Are you kidding me?
Then I got down to the part that made complete sense. This wasn’t about gaming or finding a new bar or any of a million other things you can do with a phone or social media.
They said they felt disconnected from their family and friends.
Wow. I get that. It’s just that I get it from being online all the time.
Talk about your generation gap.
The five highlights in the article are amazing! They spell out the future of communication. Ignore at your own risk.
Ever find yourself at party talking to someone who appeared to be a Stepford Wife?
Ever worked with someone who didn’t have the skill set to really do the job they were hired for and you had to manage them or maybe worse be on his “team”?
Ever tried to convince someone of your product’s or service’s value and simply got a blank stare?
These situations rarely end well.
One of the hardest things we have to do is step outside ourselves and try to think like the other person in the conversation. The great thing about parties is you can excuse yourself and simply move on. An employee or customer is an entirely different story.
Most of us believe if we simply keep talking the light bulb will go on and we will get exactly what we want from others. That only works if we are speaking the same language as the other person.
It’s a difficult lesson. Keep at it. Your entire world will change if you do.
I recently was having lunch with a group of talented, experienced social media pros. We began to talk about having different personas on Twitter. Lots of people do because they may represent companies or brands as well as themselves. I have two. One I use all the time. One I use primarily for experimentation of tweets or how many followers can I get in a month – stuff I’m curious about but don’t want to necessarily use for regular engagement.
How many is too many? How and when do we switch from one to another and is it too problematic when we aren’t actually visible?
Today I was sitting at my computer being an SEO consultant. My phone rang and with one look I changed into a mother. A few minutes later the building manager came in to thank me for referring someone to her and then I was a tenant. We all have a hundred different roles we play. In the next few hours I will be a Board President, a sister, a wife, a Tweeter, a friend on Facebook and that’s just what I know about right now.
Here’s the thing. Even in all those different roles I try to have the same core persona. I’m blunt. I want the best for whomever I’m dealing with. I have a strong sense of personal ethics. I am a fanatic for learning. I may have to soften up one area or toughen up another depending on the role I’m playing but no one ever has to worry that I’m not being myself.
Can that be done online? I don’t know. If I decide to have a persona strictly for my business say @successtrafficker will I really be offering anything different than just sticking with @victoriakamm? Isn’t that the lesson we’re supposed to be taking from social media – that we are our businesses?
Too many questions and not enough answers. I’m looking forward to your opinions!
At least a million times in my life I have told myself or someone else to think outside the box. Stop being so rigid. Break down the barriers.
Now I have to smack myself on the forehead. What if you don’t have a box?
I have been thinking about it ever since I heard Mark LeBlanc speak at a conference last week. Did I have a box, a structure that provided the comfort of knowing what needed to get done and when? Or do I sort of plan in my head what will go on any given day or time you know without actually writing them down.
I know plenty of business owners that are doing okay. Their vendors are happy. So are there customers. Should they keep doing what they’re doing or should they tighten up a little bit. How does one define success for another? At what point do you ask them about the structure of their companies and the value of having it or not?
The best place to start of course is with myself. I set up the Coffee Cup in my Firefox browser to I can decide what has to be done per day and everyday. First thing in the morning I start going through my list. Sometimes it’s an hour, sometimes it’s more than two. The point is that I check in on all the places that make a difference for my company: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, my bank, three blogs and lots and lots of news. I like to know what’s going on in the internet world so I can pass it along to my clients.
We do the accounting every Friday morning. I use mostly online banking and avoid receivables like the plague but it does happen so I try to get everything reconciled. Nice to be able to leave it for a certain day and time. Plus I can just email it to my accountant. YEA!!!
I have other work too. I have several microsites and a regular site for a client. That work is done every day along with newsletters, press releases and that kind of stuff.
It’s routine. It seems boring sometimes. That’s the beauty of it! Working within a solid framework allows me the space to think up new ideas, get clarity on the types of clients that are the best match for me, see the solution to a nagging problem. If I were thinking outside the box all the time I couldn’t be sure if all the information was good or not and I wouldn’t make good decisions.
What are you doing to create a box or structure that holds you up while you choose great things? I’d love to know. Leave a comment!