Linda's Thoughts on Social Media

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noun \ˈprī-və-sē, especially British ˈpri-\          plural pri·va·cies
Definition of PRIVACY
a: the quality or state of being apart from company or observation : seclusion
    b: freedom from unauthorized intrusion <one’s right to privacy>
archaic: a place of seclusion
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No blog of mine would be complete without including my thoughts on the apparent surrender of privacy in the way society communicates today.  Is nothing in our lives sacred anymore?  Do we as a society not believe that some things should just be kept to ourselves or at least within our close circle of family or friends?

Clay Shirky says, “Social networks are profoundly changing the definition of what we consider private.”  I have to agree!

The advice I have always given to my children and to my students is that if you don’t want it on the front page of the newspaper, don’t put it out there for everyone to read.

I have attached a link to a Youtube video by Clay Shirky entitled Facebook Killed the Private Life.  Very thought provoking!!


Are You Mad at Me?

textingHave you ever texted someone with a perfectly good message (in your opinion), only to find out that what you sent them upset them or they took it the wrong way?

The other day, I was texting with my one of my children, and I answered a yes or no question with the following: “Yes.”

Within a few minutes, my child replied with the following: “Are you mad at me?”

Of course I was somewhat confused!  What on earth had I texted that would make one think I was mad.  Because I am from the school that believes that the personal conversation is far better than texting, I phoned my child to find out why on earth my message sent the impression of me being mad.  Well, guess what?  Simply answering with the word “Yes”, followed by a period made my child believe I was mad because there was no emotion attached to it.  I was informed that I should have put an exclamation mark or a smiley face with my word so that it looked like I was happy.

Something like this:      Yes!! 😮

So, lesson learned.  To avoid misunderstanding in the future, I will most certainly add the necessary punctuation to make sure that my messages are clear!! 😮

Why Didn’t I Get the Job?

It is becoming increasingly common today for employers to look at a person’s digital footprint prior to hiring them.  Instead of waiting for the interview, employers are getting their first impression of you by doing a Google search.  What might they find about you on Facebook or Twitter?

  • Are there any incriminating photos of you floating around in cyberspace?
  • What kinds of comments have you made about past employers or bosses?
  • Do you spread gossip on social media?
  • Have you posted any confidential information?

Any of these things could have a negative impact on the impression an employer may have of you and may keep you from getting an interview.  Be careful what you post so that is doesn’t come back to haunt you.

Take a look at this article that was on the CNN website:

Connected But Alone…

One of the issues that greatly concerns me about the attachment society has to social media is the fact that we are not spending enough time with other human beings.  We are connected to 627 friends on Facebook, 237 followers on Twitter, and who knows how many with Skype and the likes.  We are constantly communicating with others, but we are not interacting with others.  Real communication such as face-to-face conversations and telephone conversations are sadly becoming a lost art.

This link is to a fascinating TED talk by Sherry Turkle, Cultural Analyst.  Sherry studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication (TED Website).

Quotes by Sherry Turkle:

  • “What technology makes easy is not always what nurtures the human spirit.”
  • “We expect more from technology and less from each other.”
  • “If we’re not able to be alone, we’re going to be more lonely. And if we don’t teach our children to be alone, they’re only going to know how to be lonely.”
  • “We all really need to listen to each other, including to the boring bits.”

Are You An Instant Communication Junkie?

How many times a day to you check Facebook, Twitter, e-mail? Do you check your cellphone while you are at the dinner table or having lunch with a friend? Do you take your cellphone or laptop to the washroom with you? Do you keep your cellphone on your nightstand while you sleep? Are you afraid to miss something that comes over the technology airwaves?

Well if you do, you are not alone. We are becoming a society that needs to be connected at all times. However, this creates a great deal of stress for us in our personal lives, workplaces, or classrooms. We need to find a way to balance our lives and make sure our cellphones, laptops, computers, tablets, etc. don’t control our every waking moment.

The following is a great article by Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. She talks about the 12 Steps of Recovery for Instant Communication Junkies:

Who Has Seen One of These???

Who Has Seen One of These???

This is a rotary dial telephone. Many of us will remember having one of these growing up. We had one, but it was black. We didn’t have the luxury of a phone that matched our decor. When you dialed the number you were calling, you dialed seven individual numbers (sometimes 11 if you were phoning long distance). Nobody wanted to call the friend who had any zeros in their phone number. If you called someone, and you heard a busy signal, you hung up and patiently waited for a few minutes (or maybe more) and tried dialing again. If you called someone, and they didn’t answer, often times you would get on your bike, or in your car, and drive over to say hi. You might even wait until the next day and say hi at school or at work. Most people did not have answering machines in those days, so if someone called you and you weren’t home, you didn’t even know. It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?

In my next post, I will be dicussing society’s need for instant communication – the need to be connected at all times.

Until then,

By the way, if you have never seen a rotary dial telephone, or can’t remember what one looks like, take a look at this link:

The Blog is Unveiled!!

This has been quite the learning experience. I have read many blogs, but to actually create one is something else. I am really enjoying the process and look forward to creating posts that are meaningful and hopefully entertaining.

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