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Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/17/2013 10:54:43 PM
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@kq4ym   Interesting.   The problem used to be too much TV would turn your brain to mush, but now the constant connectivity of the Internet has made "mind numbing information" more prevalent than ever.

And yet most do not have the factualities necessary to  sort fact from fiction.  What is popularity ? What is friendship ?   Apparently these terms have changed meaning since the birth of the Net and Social Media constructs.

Re: Now it all makes sense
  • 7/17/2013 10:48:29 PM
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" I read something recently that indicated that the more friends you had on Facebook the fewer real friends you had in life. Interesting paradox "

@Maryam    Yeah, and pretty ironic too !

 

Re: Now it all makes sense
  • 7/17/2013 10:45:53 PM
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@Noreen  I almost missed this great topic - Narcissism.  I remember when I first came upon the term in school and not having the faintest idea what it meant.  Well, years and a few college courses later I came to understand and yes, become a victim of it to some extent.  

I really think if practiced responsibly ( meaning in humbly small amounts ) it will do what this attitude is supposed to do - enforce confidence.  It is not enough to talk a good game, you have to produce.  Yet there is little question Narcissism has been in the hands of many who do not understand how dangerous it can be if not used in small responsible doses.

 I read the FB blips and the second one really caught my eye, and thankfully the location of this person was listed.  Santa Monica, Ca ?     Well,  residing in Los Angeles myself nothing else needed to be explained.

Now it all makes sense
  • 7/16/2013 11:56:40 PM
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I completely agree I find that those who post their every move, meal or activity really are looking for social attention. I guess it's part of an importance and societal placement. I personally don't post much personal information, I am just too busy and share my personal information a with a few close friends and family. I read something recently that indicated that the more friends you had on Facebook the fewer real friends you had in life. Interesting paradox.

Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/16/2013 8:50:29 AM
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I think most people realize they're not all that essential. But the internet, media and social media in a way make us think self promotion is the way to go. We try to mimic advertising, and marketing tactics, although usually badly. And we are urged to be competitive and try to get as many "friends" and contacts as possible, thinking self-promotion is the way to get it.

Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/15/2013 4:03:21 PM
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Now if I can just remember to bring a pen or pencil..

Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/15/2013 11:28:15 AM
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LOL @Noreen Well, back in the old days, I would doodle in my notebooks. And though not all teachers care for it, the fact is that it does help people pay attention, as per http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.html I don't think the same can be said for texting, surfing, or checking email.

Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/15/2013 11:21:54 AM
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If we force people to give up their phones, we may have to give them all Adderall to keep them from fidgeting the whole meeting...

Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/15/2013 11:20:37 AM
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@Beth yes, I notice that a lot. They probably figure that it doesn't look rude b/c either they won't be noticed, or they can claim to be jotting down notes on the meeting. What's worse is having people forget to silence their ringers  take calls during such times. 

Re: The world will fall apart
  • 7/15/2013 10:54:54 AM
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Here at home we've started collecting all smartphones from our kids before they sit down to dinner. Perhaps this will become the trend within the corporate meeting room, too, and at conferences, etc. How many business meetings or events have you been to in which half the people or more in the room are using their smartphones rather than giving their undivided attention to the speaker? 

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