Is networking beneficial?
So according to the trustworthy University of Erlangen-Nuremberg:
A nice list of 5 networking apps. What I learned about networking a touching story. Want to share your website to social networks? A fourth grade class goes off the grid and makes a difference. What is the tor anonymity network? Finally the FBI is working 24/7 to block hackers and their networks
The link below has some practical suggestions on how to be an effective networker. I think the best way to network is when you aren’t looking for a benefit from someone. Otherwise you feel like you are being used. Maybe sometime in the future something will come across that one of your contacts might be interested in. I think the job and purpose of networking isn’t to improve your life, but to make yourself a valued resource for others. If you can improve things for others, then generally you have a valid reason for access to resources. I really like the idea of meritocracy. That things should be judged by their value in an objective way that you can measure. However you still have to have kindness and compassion, because the intellect can only take you so far.