I am not going to get to why Multi-tasking is the thief of Productivity, but just that it was quoted by my teacher, Joseph Ranseeth.
He explains that we live in a time of multi-tasking. You are asked to do multiple things at once, and some times it can be taken as a virtue. In the age of social media, you don’t need to wait for anything, it is just there.
I recently went to go pick up my two boys from their mothers. While I was driving I noticed a plume of smoke coming from an area close where they lived. I desperately started changing radio stations to see what was going on, but nothing had made it to the radio as of yet. So I pulled my car over to check to make sure it wasn’t where my kids lived. I contacted there mother, knowing it wasn’t by them I then checked twitter and found that it was with in the direction I was heading. So I decided to redirect my route so that I wouldn’t be stuck in traffic. It I didn’t have to wait till the radio picked up the information and broadcasted it over the airways, I didn’t even have to get stuck in traffic. It was just so instant!
You no longer have to wait to communicate with someone, you can send them a text message, you could hit them up on Facebook. You don’t need to use a phone to contact a company, you could just send them a tweet with a problem and they will respond. I personally have experienced a company reaching out to me over Twitter after I tweeted a complaint about their services. I had the company tweet back saying they were there to help. And then a competitor of the company tweet saying they are there for me if I need them!
I thought it to be quite funny, the photo below shows my tweet and the responses I received, it felt kinda good knowing someone was listening.
I think that is what has driven social media to such great heights, it’s given people a voice to express their opinions and feelings, therefore allowing people to listen and a chance to respond quicker than ever.
Blogging which was sort of the first true form of social media gave people that voice, and giving others a chance to listen and respond entirely online. Just like “letters to the editor” or comments to be posted in next issue of the paper. Even big news companies have taken the step online and began blogging and using it as a new system to get that message out. But just not locally, it has now gone national, even international. Although blogs are full of great articles and some weird ones too.
Twitter, which is one of my personal favourites provides a short form way of getting a message out, but you can only say so much in 140 characters…
We live in a world of instant gratification, and it’s mainly been brought upon us by the internet, we can post a photo of ourselves. Depending on that photo we can get fifty likes in a matter of seconds or no likes at all. I am sure we have all been there, posted something and got nothing in terms of a response. Continuing on with this instant gratification, take Tinder for instance, Tinder is an app where you post a photo of yourself, and then you begin swiping left or right on the opposite genders photos, left for no, right for yes, obviously you get the point. Now if you say yes to someone, they need to say yes to you, if they say no, then your out of luck.
If both say yes, then you can begin to talk. There are people who say they use it to network and meet new people, and then some use it as a way to hook up!
But in todays world, you don’t need to leave your house to meet someone, you can just do it right on your phone or computer sitting in your underwear!
In general, social media is here, and it isn’t going anywhere. It’s here to stay and future generations will be raised on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and am I forgetting any? Youtube, WordPress and my teacher says Multi-tasking is the thief of Productivity…
It’s sad to think, but the generation I am in, will be the last generation to experience life before the internet. Before the internet if you wanted to send a letter to another country, you would need to wait 7-14 days to hear back, now that is based on if they received that letter and respond that day. Today it’s instant, you send an email and within a matter of seconds you could get a response. One of my class mates stated that in discussion, that’s a quick history lesson for the younger kids reading this. But I think that is the best way to explain it to someone in an older generation who might not be familiar with how the internet let alone social media changed the world.
Every week, I plan to create some sort of content to engage you while providing a bit of insight as to what I am learning in class… But under the advice of Joseph my goal is to create a post for every class, because he explained it in a way that makes perfect sense, if you blog about one class you take once a week over the course of a year you would have 52 posts, if you blogged about that class for 4 years, you would have 200 plus posts, now imagine if you blogged about every class for four years….
I won’t guarantee anything!