When was the last time you checked your Facebook timeline? Maybe 2-5 minutes ago? Or is there even Facebook tab open while you are reading this article?
Social Media is everywhere around us. It makes a lot of things more comfortable, but at the same time, it makes certain aspects of life worse. I do not even remember the last time I experienced serendipity. Let’s be honest: we are always online. We make our evening planning online, and we also check the people online who visit the same events as we do. When we are finally at the event, we do not have serendipitous meetings, because we might have checked out the person beforehand anyways. And even if not previously, we will do it afterward by googling the person or by checking their account on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. But do we want this? Wouldn’t it be better to have more serendipity around us?
We are so full of technology that we are happy if we meet a person without having any pre-knowledge thanks to Facebook etc. That is very frustrating if we think about it longer. We should get to know people by listening to their stories. It is way more interesting to hear something about their career or their private life personally, rather than on an online platform. Serendipity should be supported and promoted more. We should foster the people by connecting them on a more personal level.
Of course, the shift to a Society 3.0 is inevitable, but does it necessarily mean that we always go a few steps ahead? Maybe it is nice sometimes to find a mix of old and new and to create something big out of this rather than changing everything all the time. New does not always equal better. Therefore, locations such as Seats2meet.com are a better way of getting to know new people and to make use of their knowledge, skills, and talents instead of looking for experience (only) on an online platform.