Are we "Cocooning?" I don't think so.
Faith Popcorn was right about some things, the cocooning of America wasn’t one of them. Her popular book, The Popcorn Report predicted that we would be hermits in our homes with our food delivered and our media on demand. The social media and social networking capabilities of the internet have come out of the early adoption phase. Guess what? We’re gathering differently. We’re connecting more. Our relationships get real faster.
Social Media is allowing us to gather and connect based on shared relevant context. When attending a conference all you need to do is start tweeting about going for a run, and, like magic, 10 people gather for your own “Run 3 miles tweetup.” How would we have known before? A conference bulletin board?
Meetup.com encourages gatherings centered around very specific interests. Twtvite makes you an instant party planner. You can start with a small group of friends going for a hike and let other people join at will.
Social networking sites extend the life of an event or gathering, allowing the conversation to continue and deepening connections. Ideas formulated in person can be followed up on in a Linkedin Group or on a Facebook page.
Not only do you improve your face-time, it’s now more organized, more relevant to you and you’re doing it with other people that share your passion.