Today I was talking with some friends about the four different levels of community based on a book called The Search to Belong.
- Public (strangers at a common sporting event, airport, etc.) — common experiences
- Social (acquaintances) — common interests
- Personal (close family/friends) — sharing personal experiences, feelings, thoughts
- Private (roommates/spouse) — sharing private experiences, feelings, and thoughts.
Because I just moved to DC in September, I can think of people not physically close by who would fill all of these roles. But I also try to stay connected to people I know through social media. It is slow in creating community in DC, but I am well on my way.
Thoughts? What part does social media play in community/connecting?