Pendant le Webcamp tenu à Québec mardi dernier, une question de Simon Bédard m’a interpellé. En substance, Simon s’interrogeait si une connexion quasi permanente au Web (bureau, maison et mobile) n’avait pas un impact négatif sur notre équilibre de vie?
En fait, ça m’a rappelé le billet de King Siu: un sympathique collaborateur de l’ACGA. Il a apporté son précieux concours au succès du blog du congrès annuel que j’avais initié. Parce que je le trouve complet en soi, voici donc son billet original qui m’avait fait réagir au départ, mais qui nous donne de précieuses pistes de réflexion.
« Isn’t it always the case that as soon as you start something you see it everywhere? You learn a new word and suddenly it is in every book, magazine, blog and email you read! It was probably there before but now you are aware of it. Such is the case as we continue our blog experience as we journey to the National Conference. Social media is a hot topic!
No one can dispute that Web 2.0 and social media have revolutionized the way that we network. With so many social media sites available, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, people can build their professional networks faster than ever before and can do so with no geographical limitations. But with all new technology there can be unforeseen side-effects.
An article that appeared in the February 2009 issue of the academic journal Biologist warns that there may be a link between social media and serious health ailments. The problem appears to stem from the negative physiological changes that happen to the body and mind when people reduce the amount of time they actually spend interacting with people face-to-face and increase the amount of time spent on virtual interaction.
Listen to the author of the article, Dr. Aric Sigman, speak in a BBC interview about his findings.
As with most things in life, moderation appears to be the key. Be sure to mix in a “healthy” dose of traditional face-to-face interaction in your professional networking activities. »