Is it a means to socially connect or socially isolate? Are we so busy updating and uploading that we miss real-time connection with ourselves and others? Does facebook simply serve a electronic mirror— just reflecting who and what we think of ourselves, but with little depth or substance? It clearly seems to be addicting and produces little concrete outcomes, yet we spend hours and hours “socially networking”. Have we created a new Addiction or at the very least a bad habit?
What is the story with facebook?
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The problem with all forms of digital technology, including Internet, smartphones, texting, email, and all forms of digital media communication, is that they eat and waste a lot of time. There are productivity loss estimates as high as 3 hours spent every work day on non-work related online activities. Add this to glitches and technical [...]
ACADEMIC CORNER By Susan Schaefer Feb. 18, 2012 “Text messaging outshines all other means of communication on teens’ cell phones, with one-third of them texting more than 100 times a day or 3,000 texts a month.” This statistic was taken from a study released by Pew Internet and American Life Project (pewinternet.org/reports/2010/Teens-and-mobile-Phones/Summary-or-findings.aspx?r=1). The first thing [...]
Internet technology, including Smartphones, operate on a variable ratio reinforcement schedule-just like a slot machine used in gambling. All aspects of information sought after and found on the Internet occur within this variable ratio reinforcement environment. The Internet operates with a high degree of unpredictability and novelty and it is this unpredictability that facilitates the [...]
When we are on our smartphones (iPhones, Androids, Blackberrys) we are unconscious stating to the world that WE ARE NOT really present where we are. We are indirectly stating that we are not fully present in the moment and that something or someone elsewhere is better elsewhere to pay attention to. We as a culture [...]
Living our lives in virtual environments as in gaming, porn, surfing or virtual worlds like face book or twitter leaves many questions. How can we live a virtual-life when we aren’t fully living our real-time life? Every time we answer our cell phone, web surf, or look at text or email on our smart phone [...]
We know that many marriages and relationships have been significantly impacted by the use and abuse of the Internet and other digital media devices; In France, it was recently reported that fifty percent of all divorces have some type of Internet or digital media issue associated with it and it was ruled that text messages [...]
History is replete with examples of how our greatest technological breakthroughs become new problems. Perhaps there is no greater example where this is seen than with technology in the corporate and business environment. Previously accepted constructs of anytime availability and instant easy access have not proven as efficient as once hoped and multitasking has been [...]
The lines that define Internet use and abuse have begun to blur in that many media and entertainment technologies utilize Internet or web-based access and therefore share many of the addictive elements. The basic psychological factors that account for the addictive nature of the Internet apply to all Internet-enabled technologies, as well many other digital [...]
Is it a means to socially connect or socially isolate? Are we so busy updating and uploading that we miss real-time connection with ourselves and others? Does facebook simply serve a electronic mirror— just reflecting who and what we think of ourselves, but with little depth or substance? It clearly seems to be addicting and [...]
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