Is Technology Making Us Anti-Social?

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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Is technology making us anti-social?  I love technology, but I'm beginning to think that some technology is making people less social.  The real estate business is all about social interaction and relationships, but are we getting away from that?

Case in point, I read a blog this week where a client emailed an agent to explain that she wasn't going to use him, and then later emailed that she was going to use him.  What ever happened to a phone call? 

Man EmailingI got into a spat with another broker over some forged documents he sent to my office.  I called him immediately upon receiving them, and he answered his phone.  Upon his investigation, he surmised that they were not forgeries and emailed me to let me know.  When I received them, I called to tell him he was mistaken, but he didn't answer. 

So, he emailed me.  I called again.  No answer.  So, I emailed.  He emailed back, and I emailed back, and then we had another round trip of emails.  His assistant emailed.  I called.  No answer.  I emailed.  She emailed back.  I received a text.  I called.  No answer.  I texted back. 

You get the picture.  We went through a huge kerfuffle (old Scottish Woman Textingword meaning "You're a jerk!")  without ever looking each other in the eye or speaking.  With a simple phone call, our 2 hour challenge could have been over in 5 minutes.  This was an important problem that was well worthy of a phone call or a meeting, but no, let's not have to face each other and deal with an issue. 

Has social media, texting, email, instant messaging, etc., made us more isolated and in some cases bolder than we would be in person, or are they a great asset to what we do?  I guess I would vote, both.  I love this time in history, but I'm concerned that technology has allowed us the freedom to pop off a text or email and never really confront issues that are important.  Is technology making us anti-social?

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Karen Hurst
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Mike, Suggested. I agree that in some ways it does make us antisocial. I have two very close friends that I see and interact with MUCH less than my online friends.  It's just so much easier.  

I also agree with Cindy, that we do need the trail of communications in our business.

March 24, 2012 01:08 PM
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Mike Cooper
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Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

Good point, Cindy, and I have depended on that email trail.  

Morris, I've noticed that I don't know nearly as many phone numbers anymore because I depend on my smartphone.  Maybe I should have written, "Are our smartphones making us dumb?"  8-0

March 24, 2012 01:08 PM
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Karen.  I do love the ability to zip off a quick text or email, but I also like to sit down, have lunch and catch up.  

March 24, 2012 01:32 PM
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Chris Smith
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Mike, I saw you mention this post today and had to look back and read it.  I have found that you do well, to use a poker analogy, by playing against the table.  With more and more people opting for the more impersonal electronic forms of communications, I am finding that the older inefficient way of actually meeting people and talking with them is more productive.

March 24, 2012 08:25 PM
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Charles Stallions
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We are also losing our social skills in the process. Test it some time by saying good morning to the next ten people you meet and see the responses between the over 50 and under 50 crowd

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