By Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.com
The Internet is often accused of being anti-social. I’m sure you’ve heard the argument before: instead of people socializing in person, they hide behind computer, tablet and phone screens. Much of what is done online can be accomplished anonymously, which adds to the non-human portion of the realm. How can we build relationships with people, both personally and professionally, when we can’t see, hear or touch them?
Though all of these accusations about the non-personal nature of the Internet are well-founded, there are certainly exceptions to the rule. Consider all the ways that the Internet has actually benefitted human connections. Being online has made it possible to easily find work, to do that work at home, to find long-lost friends and family members with a few simple clicks and to join remote support groups of like-minded strangers. It has even helped the researching and buying process, with Socialnomics reporting that 90 percent of customers trust peer recommendations happen online through sites like Facebook. In a lot of ways, humans are even more connected to each other than ever because of what the Internet makes possible.
The key to finding beneficial online connections that stand the test of time is to be sure you are seeking out quality and not quantity. Not every interaction online needs to be hyper-personal, but if you’re looking for a way to build stronger connections in cyberspace, consider these suggestions: