Like the other posts in this little flurry, this is really a call for balance in how we use electronic communications, including social media.
I have met a lot of interesting people and made a couple of new friends through online collaboration inside and outside the corporate firewall. I learned some skills and simple truths about connecting people that have had truly amazing results.
However, I noticed that I had developed a slight tendency towards black and white group think. I had to some extent stopped talking to myself, at least in a critical, independently minded way.
I also noticed I became tempted to connect to others for the sake of it, rather than with purpose. There is a little endorphin rush when someone replies, likes, follows, retweets or favourites something. It is addictive and led to my not always engaging in the moment.
I broke the habit and try to connect only when I have some purpose that is greater than one I can fulfil through where I am, what I am doing and who I am with. Sometimes that’s just breathing in and out.
It is a balance. Connected collaboration is an awesome way of getting things done. Independent thought is often the root of radical innovation.
I am trying to do both, and turn it all off now and then to give my full attention to who I am with, including myself.
The next post is about tweeting at events, which I do less than I used to.