The Social Support Network
October 12, 2011 9 Comments
We’re all familiar with how Facebook plays such a big part in our social and work life nowadays. Just last night, I was participating in three different meetings via Facebook groups—talk about a social media explosion. Important announcements, queries, and entire reports can be planned using FB groups when time doesn’t allow a face to face meeting.
But social networks aren’t all about stress for me. This particular sem, I personally experienced how Facebook can keep a senior student sane despite all the sleepless nights and deadlines.
Facebook has served as a social support network for me and most of my batchmates—particularly our batch page, and our thesis class page.
Whenever we get confused about requirements, or run out of ideas (or of hope, as we tend to do), we can post away and rely on our batchmates to help us out or give us a virtual hug of encouragement. I honestly can’t imagine doing all this stressful work without my batchmates and our damayan system. In stressful situations like these, reaching out and having people respond to you helps significantly lessen the burnout.
This year, I rarely see some of my batchmates, who aren’t my classmates in any subjects. But talking to them on our batch page or on Twitter keeps us bonded and up to date on each other’s stories. Even my former blockmates and my OrCom alumni friends who have graduated use social media to make us feel their support.
I guess this can also serve as a reminder to take care of any organization’s internal communication. With most of the posts in this blog I’ve examined different cases of external communication (the good and the bad), but social media isn’t just for projecting your organization’s good image out to the public. An organization can only function as well as its individual members can—and social media can help with that as well. For organizations like our batch, who are composed of a lot of members who don’t meet all the time, online forums or communities can be a great way to keep them from feeling like strangers to each other. It’s also a lot more comfortable for the more reserved members to reach out to others they may not normally be close to.
Social media helps OrCom 2012 survive senior year together. What can it do for your group?
This post goes out to OrCom 2012 for being a batch more awesome than I could have ever wished for. (Ayieee. Ang keso.)