The other day I happened to catch a tweet from @MeredithGould, who was participating in the #SMTLive tweetchat:
This certainly resonates with my experience.
As an INFJ (my Meyers-Briggs Personality Type, an Introvert with Intuitive, Feeling, Judging tendencies) and also HSP (Highly Sensitive Person, easily overstimulated by the environment), social media helps me connect with people and gather information in such a way that I do not get overwhelmed.
I can control my feeds and my exposure to “noise” because I can be highly selective about the not just who I follow but also when I read their timelines. For example, by using lists on both Facebook and Twitter, I can ignore certain feeds and focus specifically on the people and information I need or want.
And when I need to de-stress, I read my Tumblr dashboard, where I follow TV-show fan bases almost exclusively. Honestly, nothing gets me smiling faster than a very clever Doctor Who or Firefly pic. (Also useful for a smile: Humor and Geek categories on Pinterest.)
Pondering this idea of social media working well for introverts, I began to wonder if others are having a similar experience within their personality type.
- Does social media make it easier or more difficult to interact with people?
- Does social media make it easier or more difficult to get information you want?
- Does social media help you to engage with topics or people you might not otherwise engage?
Given your personality type, what does social media help you do that you might not otherwise be able to do?
How about within the world of church and faith? On Twitter, I find myself connecting with people across denominational and interfaith boundaries. Does social media help you do that as well? How does doing so help or hinder your ministry?