Are You Afraid of Being Social…Online?
Are you afraid of being social…online?
Being an extrovert I often have a hard time understanding why people have a difficult time with being social in person. From what I have observed, and heard from introverted people there can be a variety of reasons.
- Striking up a conversation with a total stranger can be awkward
- Small-talk is not always easy to come by
- As children we were taught that strangers can be scary
- Why bother, you’ll probably never see them again
- Fear of the unknown
- What’s the point
You already know if you are more of an extrovert, introvert or ambivert in person, but what about online? Do you shy away from talking with others, answering questions, making comments? Or do you really open up, because you are in the comfort of your own home or office, and you don’t have to be face to face with anyone?
Over the years I’ve seen the extremes online, of the once-shy person really finding their voice. And on the other end of the extreme are the people who prefer to just read and take everything in, and hardly ever comment on anything. Even a Like or Share/Retweet are a rare action on their behalf. And forget any kind of original post on a Social Media channel.
Why is that?
Why do you have a Social Media account if all you want to do is be an observer vs a participant? It’s much more fun to join in with the actions…Like, Share, Comments. Engagement and communication is good for everyone.
Maybe you can lend support to someone with a simple act of a Like, share words of wisdom with someone trying to find answers, or have a good laugh by sharing a funny video or meme.
Social Media is meant to connect people, to foster engagement and communication. We’d love to hear what you have to say!
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