What do we mean by your technology social life? Well, it’s your social life, but made better by technology.
Modern technology is often blamed for social isolation, but we say it ain’t necessarily so.
At Loose Ends we think technology can add a social dimension to all kinds of activities which were traditionally carried out in solitude.
If you’ve recently returned from your summer holidays and are dreading the prospect of autumn and winter, you can probably do with all the good times you can lay your hands on.
So read on to find out how to give your social life a technological assist.
Option one – ditch the weather-based small talk and devote your free time to Call of Duty
We’ll forgive you if you’re gazing at this item with incredulity. Because, let’s face it, everybody knows online gamers are a bunch of whey-faced nerds who hardly ever even open their curtains, right?
Wrong. A 2015 study from North Carolina State University suggests that gaming can be the gateway to an active social scene.
Far from staying behind closed doors, researchers found that gamers in the United Kingdom and Canada had vigorous, satisfying technology social lives based around their mutual interest.
Option two – perfect your language skills or simply find out how other nationalities live by reviving the fine art of correspondence
Before the internet, people used to use snail mail to correspond with like-minded individuals in different corners of the globe. Rumour has it that some of the Loose Ends team brushed up their Esperanto with the help of penpals.
Nowadays it’s much easier to connect with a penpal via the internet. Of course there’s nothing to stop you writing old-timey letters on real paper, but you may find it more fulfilling to run your technology social life by email or instant message.
Type ‘find a penpal’ into the search engine of your choice, and you’ll be presented with a wealth of different websites where your future penpal awaits.
Option three – find a willing audience by sharing your expertise through online courses (and maybe make some money, too)
Once again, the good old internet makes it easy to find an eager audience for your specialist subject.
Your family may be sick to death of hearing your theories about the Punic Wars, and your day job might not allow you to share your love of ancient Latin, but with platforms like Udemy, you can influence enquiring minds in your spare time.
Option four – download the Loose Ends app, and give your social life an instant techno-boost
If you’re on Facebook, you already have the makings of a technological social life. Especially now that Facebook Messenger is to be rolled out to include people with smartphones and tablets, but without Facebook accounts.
At Loose Ends, we’ve devoted countless hours to developing an app which makes it easy for you to reach out to friends and arrange get-togethers. It works especially well if you’re short of time and can’t stand organising events.
All you need to do is download the app to your smartphone, invite your Facebook friends to follow suit, then set up your first loose end.
Think of it as dangling friend-bait in the waters of your social life. Or rather, your technology social life.