Why I’m practicing purposeful interaction

purposeful interaction JF Gibson

There is no doubt the internet has changed the way we communicate and interact with each other. It has brought the world closer and allowed us access to information at the click of a button, and as a result, has forever changed the way we live, work and exist in society.

Whether or not you believe the world wide web has changed the world for the better is a matter of opinion. Some say it has made us more unsociable, allowing us to hide behind a screen, others say it has had the opposite effect and enabled us to make and maintain relationships and friendships otherwise impossible.

Whatever your opinion, something we can all agree upon is that, as with everything, the internet has a good side and a bad side.

I’ve often had an uneasy relationship with the net, which as I’m here blogging into cyberspace may seem rather strange. There are times that I celebrate how the ease at which I can share my thoughts with the world and the opportunities that the internet has afforded to me, particularly being in a country area. Opportunities to study, work and write that beforehand wouldn’t have been possible.

There are times when I celebrate the ease at which I can share my thoughts with the world and the opportunities that the internet has afforded to me, particularly being in a country area. Opportunities to study, work and write that beforehand wouldn’t have been possible.

But there are also times where I long to go back to the ‘dark ages’. The times when we didn’t intimately know what was going on in other’s lives, when oversharing wasn’t a catch phrase and when we had to pick up the phone or write a letter to communicate with someone.

Recently the negativity and click bait has been weighing on my shoulders. Random and meaningless noise. So a few weeks ago I decided to change the way I interact online.

Admittedly it wasn’t a huge change. I’ve always been very conscious of what and where I interact on the internet and what I share. But I have decided to make my interactions more purposeful and meaningful.

Rather than add to the noise, I am choosing to share things that have purpose; a positive effect. Whether it is sharing knowledge, thoughts or wisdom of my own, or others.

I am choosing to comment on blogs or social media only when I have something meaningful to add to the conversation.

And I am choosing to do all the above with grace. With thought to whom I am interacting with.

Now this doesn’t mean that I’m going all airy-fairy-peace-and-love on you, but I think it’s time we all take a step back and re-evaluate how we interact online.

I am fortunate that here and on my social media platforms, (and most of the other places I hang out online), are positive places. There are some wonderfully intelligent, thoughtful, interesting and creative people out there with generous hearts, and I’m lucky enough to regularly interact with them. But there are some places that aren’t. I choose to stay away from those.

To me, purposeful interaction is my way of being conscious about my online activity. Making sure I am not adding to the noise. And making sure I am respectful and engage thoughtfully. It’s my way of trying to make the internet a better place. One small pebble…

But it also doesn’t mean that sharing a funny cat video or quirky quote won’t happen now and then either. After all, we do sometimes just need to lighten up a little and laugh don’t we?

 

So tell me, what does purposeful interaction mean to you?
Is it something you are conscious of when you are online? 

Linking with Essentially Jess for IBOT
As she always has something of value to say.