I have to say upfront, most people are nice. I subscribe to the thought that there are more good people than bad in the world. Whichever way you think might reflect your upbringing, or the media channels, including social media platforms that you see every day.
I write on the topics of health and wellness, as well as business branding and marketing. While writing is something I do in a solitary space, much of my time not writing is being social, or socializing, as some still call it. Today, however, socializing has the sound of days gone by. Do you remember teachers hollering in school hallways to stop “socializing” and get to class? I do.
Three decades past high school the core of “social” remains the same yet the word has morphed into new contexts that may refer to any one of the many social media outlets. You are part of the social culture when you take part in social media.
In the context of careers and professionalism, it’s networking. I network online as well as in person these days, chances are that you do too.
Our devices are network operated through the vast, invisible Internet. One time, early in our relationship, I asked my husband to explain in simple terms what he does as a software engineer, “I work on the back-end of the Internet,” he said. Visualize that for fun.
We network to meet new people, explore new opportunities career related. Call it what you want, in its most basic form, we talk to strangers every day. We share and sometimes over share. That’s ok, though. It’s a blip in time and probably already forgotten. Yep, that fast. Those moments are forever on the Web, seconds in our head.