Social Media isn't ..... maybe?

Real Estate Agent with Janisch & Co. 0396361

Phone and paper

We live in a whole different world filled with "social" media.  We use email, text messages, Facebook, twitter and other media to communicate.

We seldom make social phone calls or have face to face meetings.  Ralph and I are as guilty as anyone.  We frequently sit across from each other at a dining table with him working on his Ipad and me working on my Mini.

Whatever happened to conversation?  It went away so gradually I did not notice..  Talk about absorbed in our own little worlds!

Talk would be interesting!  We share everything 24/7, but we are ceasing to communicate.  How can it be?

It appears that the computers, iPads and other personal communication devices are so dominating our every waking minute that we are slipping into a less responsive society.

Social?  Not the skills I was taught!  Communication?  Well, it does keep us in touch with family friends and customers.  I guess that does qualify as communication and it is via media.  It is not as responsive as the old fashioned conversation and it feels a lot less personal.

It well could be that we are approaching a day when we will have to have a personal computer or equivalent to communicate at all.  Instead of talking with the person across the room we will just text.  Scary!



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Ralph and Jeanne Janisch


305B CR 234

Durango, CO 81301

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Durango, Mancos, Cortez, Dolores, Bayfield, Ignacio, Vallecito

Comments (38)

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I recently texted my son who was sitting on the other side of the couch because he was so involved in his phone that he wasn't paying attention to me. It was funny, but sad. On the other hand, I love that I can text my daughter 400 miles away and talk with her any time I like. 

Aug 25, 2013 01:36 AM
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

And when the GRID goes down what do we do? It is a scary thought that nobody, including the government, cares to think about, let alone prepare. It is going to happen and it is only a matter of time. I see your blog going into the future with technology and everything going just right.  THINK!

Aug 25, 2013 01:47 AM
Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning:   And YES times have changed!! Keep up the good work and good luck with your sales,  E

Aug 25, 2013 01:57 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I can attribute over 100 closings this year due to social media. For me the key is not just information that is beneficial to the potential client, it is about creating an emotional resonance with them. Doing this creates a call to action. I try as much as possible to emphasis value based business and telling a personal story. For instance with investment real estate I talk more about having retirement income or paying for a child's college education versus just positive cash flow. In this way I have been privileged to connect with people within and outside this country.

Aug 25, 2013 03:02 AM
Brian Sharkey
SharkeyRE LLC - Singer Island, FL

I think social media has really helped in our type of business, along with all the other technology we use to sign contracts and open doors.  Great post, thanks for sharing.

Aug 25, 2013 03:17 AM
Chris Miller Nevada Land with Water Rights
Vegas Grand Realty and Property Management - Mesquite, NV
Land with Water Rights For Sale

Scary because we have a whole generation growing up without learning to really communicate with the world around them in person. They lose the their sense of empathy for each other in this process. 

Aug 25, 2013 04:01 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

I prefer to pick up the phone and talk to someone. Tech tools are great but face to face is much better.

Aug 25, 2013 04:40 AM
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

I keep saying that real estate is all about actually getting in front of someone.  The younger generation thinks everything is done through social media but I think that's just the first step, you actually have to get in front of that person eventually. 

Aug 25, 2013 04:46 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jeanne and Ralph, I think we just need to take a look at the younger generation to see that they are already communicating more through their devices than through theirs mouths even when they are in the same room!

Aug 25, 2013 04:58 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836
Still recall sitting in a restaurant and overheard a conversation at the next table - 5 business men having lunch. "Well, what exactly is EMAIL...?" That was a few years back AND LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE COME - No one needs to talk to anyone anymore! All we need to do is text - even when we are in the same room :-) Still, it seems there is lots of faster-pace communication going on. Thing to remember is perhaps - everything in balance.
Aug 25, 2013 05:51 AM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Jeanne and Ralph, Social Media is here to stay and is not bad if used properly.  I have a business page and all my listings filter through and I can up date it often to generate more activity.  Period.  That is the extent of my time on Facebook.  I know people who will stay on it for hours so that I wonder if they work or what.  Social Media is all it is about for the younger generation.   

Aug 25, 2013 07:16 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

When I am out to lunch with friends or family my iPhone stays in my purse and out of sight.  I've learned that most of our business is not emergencies and can wait until we are done with the real life.

Aug 25, 2013 09:26 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

I try and turn off my phone at intervals and train myself not to respond to every ding of the phone that indicates a new messgae or email has come thru - especially when I'm with others in a face to face situation..  The world won't come to an end if I respond within the house, as opposed to this minute.

Aug 25, 2013 01:16 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree the world is in front of us! ;) 

Aug 25, 2013 02:02 PM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Jeanne and Ralph. Fortunately my husband and I speak to each other though our entire house has a network of desktop computers, laptops, etc LOL

Aug 25, 2013 03:15 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Technology is great and can be a fun way to stay in touch. Nothing beats in person.

Aug 25, 2013 04:34 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I notice I have started texting more and more which means less and less phone conversation.
Aug 25, 2013 05:26 PM
Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas

It is a little scary to think about. I don't how many times I am in a restaurant and in the tables around me everyone is just on their phone when the conversation dies down and they don't try to revive it because they can just escape to their phones. We essentially inhabit two worlds but which one will win over in the end? 

Aug 26, 2013 01:28 AM
Christine Farkas
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Awesome Customer Service Experience

I have a midweek gathering of friends we call Wine'down Wednesdays. Just the core group getting together and for inexpensive wine ($10ish a bottle limit) and a little break. We noticed the smartphone-zombie thing starting to pop up, so now upon entry we all drop the smartphones into a big empty fish bowl. If it's ringing and dinging off the hook then yes, obviously it's important and gets its proper attention, but otherwise its a nice way to make sure the social part of the evening doesn't get overpowered by the social media part of our lives.

Aug 26, 2013 07:28 AM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

I'm guilty of all that plus texting a person who is in the same room.  That's usually when others are present and we want to talk "privately"  :)

Aug 31, 2013 05:10 AM