Whether you are an introvert or baby boomer, you’ll appreciate the key ideas presented in this guest blog about the main ways the internet works for us.
We live in a very special time for interaction. The growing generation is being raised on Web 2.0. For those who aren’t familiar, Web 2.0 is a step up from the internet that we first knew in that it allows us to be contributors as well as consumers. Anyone who uses the internet today, is taking part in Web 2.0. Some dislike that technology has decreased face-to-face interaction, but for other people, our means of communicating works better now than it ever has before. The internet is a wondrous thing for introverts because it allows them to be exactly who they want to be.
Choose When They Interact
Typically introverts don’t like to be forced into a situation where they are expected to be social. The internet allows introverts to talk to people when and how they want. They can also do it from the comfort of their own homes. Introverted people like to have a reason to talk to people so if they can choose on their own when they want to, they’ll be much more motivated to have a discussion.
Choose Who They Interact With
Because the web is so vast, introverts can choose what types of people they want to interact with. Rather than being stuck talking to someone who doesn’t understand how introverts like to communicate, the introverted web surfer can choose forums, blogs, and other communities of people to talk to who share the same interests. This can be especially beneficial for introverted baby boomers who are less concerned with spending dubious amounts of time talking with people who don’t actually interest them.
Have Personal Reflections
Usually introverts like to spend their time trying to better understand themselves and the people they are close to. The internet gives introverted people a great way to reflect on who they are and who they want to be. Once again, personal blogs provide a way for introverts to express their thoughts and then choose whether to keep them private or public.
Introverted people know themselves pretty well. They know what they like and, more importantly, what they don’t like. Instead of having to spend a lot of time physically going out and do things to develop their interests, they can stay in and work on what they like from home. Then they can choose to go out when they want to and stay in when they want to.
Explore the World
Introverts usually have very curious personalities. They want to know more about the world and the way things work. Lucky for them, everything you could ever want to know can be found online! Introverts can literally explore any topic they are interested in and have the time they want and need to really understand it. If they want to learn about underwater basket weaving, all of the information can be accessible to them without having to go out and ask a bunch of people about it. At any age and for any person, you can have dreams and ambitions that you want to tackle but aren’t able to. Each generation, including baby boomers, can use the internet to explore things about the world that they haven’t been part of yet.
Time to Think
One of the biggest things that Web 2.0 can provide for introverts is the ability to do the things they want to do on their own terms. If they want time to think before interacting with people, they can have it. If they want to consider all of the interesting things in the world, they can do it. The internet is full of possibilities for every type of person.
Jake Magleby has written extensively about effective marketing, sales, and employee wellness programs to help small business owners succeed in the fast-paced and ever-changing business world. He also has an interest in education and development.
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