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.
Liked this post? Follow this blog to get more.