I just finished reading a book about social media. While it hasn’t made me want to quit Facebook again, it has made me want to reconsider my use of Facebook and my blog and my e-mail and texting. In the book, he includes a chart showing how people would prefer to receive communication were they sick in the hospital. He ranks it:
1. In person visit
2. Phone Call
3. Handwritten card
5. Social Media
He then takes it farther from the context of someone sick in the hospital to pose the question of how the reader cares for people in his/her life (regardless of if they’re sick or not).
I wonder what your opinion is about this ranking and how you would rank these forms of communication, so I’m offering this informal survey. Don’t misunderstand, I’m talking about deeper topics of conversation than “I’m on my way” or “did you get the notes in class today?”