One of the most popular rides in Disneyland in the mid 1960’s was It’s a Small World. It opened officially there in 1966 after being transferred from the 1964 World’s Fair held in New York City. This wonderful ride, which is hardly as high tech as newer ones, has been an important addition in all of the Disney parks worldwide since. If you have had the pleasure of taking this adventure you probably could not help but smile and feel a little bit attacked by warm fuzzies. The main theme, unity and peace around the world, is displayed with over 300 dolls, representing everywhere on the planet, dancing and singing It’s a Small World After All. Actually, for its time it was pretty high tech, and it certainly is a delightful treat for both children and adults.
Around this same time period, a social psychologist named Stanley Milgram went to work conducting studies to enhance previous research concerning “six degrees of separation” and the idea of “small world” phenomenon. This of course was way before the internet, social networking and outsourcing, at least in their present forms. From these concepts, movies and games even manifested, and although some “experts” dispute the findings, most of us have experienced this phenomenon many times in our lives.
When we landed in cyberspace, the steps or degrees between all of us just might have decreased. Now we can meet people from all over the world through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and yes, it’s true, with outsourcing. Not only will you meet new people, but you will most likely be amazed at how often your paths cross. You can be teamed up with someone for different assignments or hired by a buyer through GetACoder, who lives thousands of miles away, and the next thing you know you will be wishing them Happy Birthday or asking them about their family. You will also notice names appearing over and over in spots where you hang out, or should we say “lance out.”
Many studies have shown that the social interaction requirement we have as human beings can definitely be filled by online sources. The quantity of acquaintances discovered online possibly does more to stimulate, not hinder friendship. It is not unusual for people to open up and draw new friends in when they are not meeting face to face. And, the whole global community of freelancers can also inspire individuals to meet in person locally based on a common reality. The world of outsourcing and freelancing not only provides a great place to exchange fair money for work that is assigned; it also offers a social arena that is large and expanding. Who needs an office water cooler anymore?
Even though Toddy Dieckman just recently started writing as a freelancer, she has been a writer and entrepreneur for over 35 years. Along with that she raised and home-schooled 5 kids. Now she enjoys some business consulting, running an e-commerce site, blogging and submitting articles along with taking on writing assignments that fit her experience. Toddy is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.