Tweeting, Texting FB update, Foursquareing, we are quite addicted to it. And we are not using it, as many critics say, to brag or to feed our own vanity. At least not for a most part :). I think it is more like when you are watching the awesome TV show alone and you make the loud comment only to realize that no one is around to react to it. With social media we can be more... social.
And why shouldn't we be? We are so busy, so consumed with myriads of duties every single day. It is so nice to take a few minutes break to read that a friend ate in great restaurant, or listened to long forgotten tunes, or is going through similar to ours troubles/successes/funny moments/problems with their pet/toddler/house/neighbor/house/duties... I love to see awesome pictures and good ideas pinned on Pinterest. I love to tweet and FB while watching the red carpet events, and hear what other people have to say about it. The whole second screen idea is brilliant! It is also strangely rewarding to get points or badge on Forsquare for revisiting the Wellness Center! No one else will reward you for it. You are an adult!
Recently I finished reading the novel "Wife 22". Quite a lot of story plays via Facebook conversations. One of them is conversation between main characters about instant media:
"It’s immediate in a way email is not. Soon email may be extinct, gone the way of the letter."- "I sincerely hope not. Email seems civilized compared to texts and posts and Twitter. What’s next? Communicating in three words or less? "
- "Great idea. We can call it Twi. Three-word sentences can be very powerful. "
- "No they can’t. "
BTW (Twi) , I love how easy is to copy the excerpt from Kindle app for Mac! It paste with citation where the text is coming from! Very handy thingy (Twi)- "Let’s find out."Gideon, Melanie (2012-05-29). Wife 22: A Novel (pp. 118-119). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
The point is I don't think that Social Media have to replace anything. Different strokes for different folks. But there is a think called common sense that should be used while dealing with any activity. Duh!