You know what, when I thought about it, all we did in the old neighborhood was social networking. We ran into each other at delis (mine was 'Cozy Shack'), at parks (mine were 'The Car Barns,' 'Cleveland' and 'Starr' parks), at the candy store and at school. We sat on each other's stoops and hung out at each other's basements and backyards and on our street corners … and we bent our arms at our local pubs (like 'Eagles Nest,' best hamburgers in 20 miles of Ridgewood).
…And we did what social networking really is …we communicated …we yapped …we complained …we joked and commented and opined and gossiped.
So now it's the year 25-25 (sorry broke into song). Try that again … so now, it's the year 2011 and we are all married, divorced, single, divorced and re-married, divorced and single, etc. with kids or no kids, pets or no pets, kids that act like pets, pets that act like kids, day jobs, night jobs, in-between jobs, house-cleaning, dentist appointments, nail appointments (threw that one in for my wife) - and NO time to sit on stoops! Add to that, the fact that many of us moved away from the old neighborhood, which means we have no stoops to sit on, even if we wanted to sit on one. Where I am, the closest thing to a stoop is a cactus and I definitely DON'T want to sit on one of those!
So what do we do? We 'social network.' Basically, go online, find a place to sit and mingle (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.), look for friends and yap! Nothing wrong with yapping - some like to yap, some like to listen, some like to stare at their computer screen blankly (the latter group doesn't count in this blog).
My point is … I think that we should drop the term 'social networking' and let the online dating services take it over. For the rest of us, why don't we come up with a friendly, more old-neighborhood term for it? How about Cyber-Stoop …haha!
Can you come up with a better term? I'm all ears!