Tonight I had a great chat with a man who has done similar work to me for many years from his home base in Dubbo. We probably talked for about 30 minutes. At the same time we were both speaking to someone else and yet it was almost as though we were really only talking to each other.
How were we doing that?
We were chatting on Facebook, of course.
At one point the conversation turned to whether or not chatting with multiple others on Facebook was as good for the brain as regularly doing mathematical puzzles recommended by researches in an attempt to prevent cognitive decline. I’m quite focussed on this now as my dear old mum has lived with dementia for some years.
As we rambled on and fell into talking about our strengths and weaknesses (one of my strengths being creativity and one weakness maths) I eventually came to the conclusion that chatting on Facebook with multiple people probably won’t help my brain as I’m already used to communicating often on Facebook, Twitter and in person – I know, scary – hey? So I really should and will continue my Daily Brain Games and give myself the mental nudge that challenges me in a different way.
Others, however, might actually find that chatting via social platforms like Facebook with more than one person at a time is quite a good stretch – mentally and physically – particularly if your typing skills are a bit average! Even if there is no scientific basis behind my thinking, it’s certainly worth trying to see if you can do it.
I find it a lot of fun! It’s almost like speed dating. It’s fast and focussed!
Tonight I caught up with two business friends that I would never ring on the phone or visit in person because of cost, time and/or geographic barriers. It’s true to say that my life is so much richer for the extra conversations I can now have thanks to technology.
I wonder whether you feel the same way?