Social Beings

As we as a society become more technology-derived communication driven, we spend more and more time staring at our computer and/or cell phone screens versus engaging with other humans in a physical conversation. With communication channels such as email, IM, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and texts, among others, all available and constantly seeking our attention/response/likes/tweets/shares and feedback, some days it feels almost unnecessary to physically speak –you know, without the use of typing in some form- to another human being.

But we’re innately social beings. And social media does not fulfill this need (even though it seems like it should. But it’s just not the same. You know what I mean. You’ve tried it.) So how does someone who works in a non-traditional manner find community?

There is a lot of research out there to review, however some research indicates that men and woman communicate about 16,000 words a day. If you are someone who works from home, how do you meet your word quota? I overwhelmed those in my life closest to me as soon as they would walk in the door. Looking back, I clearly have amazing friends and family who patiently put up with my babble.

But there’s a better way. It’s through finding and engaging in community. Community that is focused on helping you maintain your productivity in your work, but still provides the outlets you need (if you are like me and sometimes you just need to talk things out) to communicate.

I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to find and engage in a community (or communities) that align with your interests and passions. If one doesn’t exist, well, you should make one.

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Becca Lingley

Hi, I’m Becca. I am a huge fan of doing things that make the world a better place. Generally that’s through helping one person at a time but I also like helping nonprofits and ideas be successful. I enjoy working in education because personal and professional development is so fulfilling and helping others achieve that experience and develop their abilities is personally rewarding.I love buying local and being local, baking my own bread, supporting my community, reading resumes, living a healthy lifestyle, getting excited about and championing new ideas (coworking!). I love economic development, though I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with it. I’m an idealist and a believer, with a personal life goal of doing my part to make the world a better place.

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  • Suzy Garza Higley

    Yes! Make one! 🙂 This is Great Becca. A lot of people are just waiting for that one person to invite everyone else. But everyone seems to really want it too. I think People forget the power in ‘face to face’ friendships and talking. And it can feel like more work added to your day to have to go somewhere…but some things that take up time actually fill you up to do more. i hope you encourage people to go out and create their mini community within our large awesome community!!! 🙂

  • Becca Lingley

    You’re such an awesome example of this, Suzy. You saw a need and filled it – making your world and the Tri-Cities a better place because of your efforts. It’s such a win-win for people. 🙂 For all of us. 🙂