Welcome to Season 2
How Socially Impactive Are You Feeling?
A few abstract observations.
The other day Suze suddenly said to me … “You are so much a SET and yet in real life you’re not! You are more of a SET than me!”
“What on earth do you mean? What is a SET?” I asked.
“Social Electronic Tart!”
Well l had to stop dead at that , a socially electronic tart l thought, what is that supposed to mean?
In short, Suze referred to the fact that l was more socially active elctronically than she was.
Mm, this did make me think .. about online society.
The other day l was reading an online article about how extroverts are seriously suffering with all of this social distancing and that it’s having an impact on their socialisation skills?? The fact is that extroverts need to be around people in order to feel alive, whilst introverts are very comfortable with their own company and in fact Ashley and l were discussing this today on her own post Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit in which Ashley discusses sociality and community.
I found her post to be quite thought provoking and in line with observations this week from me of myself and of others and their posts or comments.
Extroverts are struggling with no people contact and actual interaction and engagement. Whilst introverts are thoroughly enjoying no social networking and the freedom to be at home within their bubbles.
Last year l recall reading an article in a magazine concerning the topic of oversocialisation – or the practice of being ‘too reliant upon society demands’ to the point of it having a negative impact on an individual’s thinking and freedom of thought.
Only thinking the way society expects you to think and therefore selling your soul to society so as to be accepted as ‘normal defined social’ and losing your ability to think for yourself.
The role of socialising is to prepare individuals so as to better fit into defined roles of society itself – this way they can successfully interact with fellow members of society and not be deemed as …. strange or as an extrovert might state – to not be seen as introverted!
I am neither introverted or extroverted although over the years l have played both parts – l personally prefer my own term of selectovert meaning l am in the deciding middle reflective upon my mood l select who l resonate with and who l don’t wish to.
Selectovert is not a label either it is a lifestyle choice … l like my own company and prefer in real life the social company of very few others comfortably – online l am more social because being social in real life is actually overrated and unnecessary in my eyes anyway. I don’t miss real life people contact what so ever … and l sometimes forget to be social even online …..but overall – l am thoroughly enjoying the quieter environment and NOT interacting with people.
But today’s questions are an abstractive of all the above and they are as follows:
Whatever your ‘Vert Lifestyle Choice’ is … how easy or hard are you currently finding being social and the new sociality of society?
Are you finding not being in contact with people on a regular basis harder or easier than normal?
Are you finding your online virtual friendships harder or easier to sustain?
If you are usually more introverted as a personality how much harder/easier are you finding your virtual socialisation now that you do not have the freedom to freely interact with people outside?
How socially impactive do you believe you are today and how impactive do you feel?
Let me know your views below in the comments section – cheers Rory