Networking in Mexico

Networking in Mexico

Social networking is natural. It is the art of making connections and developing networks of people in various social groupings – often with a common theme or purpose or lifestyle.  In Mexico the social network is all-important. It provides job contacts, new opportunities, sometimes loans and plenty of advice to individuals.  

While people have created social networks for thousands of years, only recently has the term social networking  become primarily associated primarily with online sites.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’sDecember 2008 tracking survey, “The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, with 75% of adults 18-24 using these networks.”

In Mexico, online social networking is also becoming extremely popular. But there is still a strong place for in-person networking or socializing. It can be a tricky to create a balance between in-person and online social networks. Who do you spend more time with? What do you get out of online networks? Do you find yourself spending hours on Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing, Twitter, etc?  Do you find it challenging to stay focused and really get something out of all this new social interaction?

And what about privacy concerns? A friend of mine from Colombia mentioned that Facebook is so popular there that people were starting to use it as a database for planning future hostages. Scary. According to the Pew study, “60% of adult social network users restrict access to their profiles so that only their friends can see it.” Sounds like a smart idea to me.