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Interesting question for reflection your
Thanks for sharing
I am convinced that the most important thing is to do the exercise:
- What roles do I play in my life?
- Who are the important people in these roles?
- "What would I like you to say about me at my 80th birthday party?"
- To what extent do social media (s) contribute to this?
- To what extent do social media prevent this from happening?
When we have these well-defined subjects in our mind ... we can allocate a time of our day to social media.
I'm a better friend because I can stay in touch with my friends and family in more convenient ways now. Social media is just a tool - if you use it for mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, then yes, you are probably missing out on creating connections in real life and you might to detox. But for many people, social media *is* a way of creating connections. Find the right balance.
It's a question of mindfulness. As Elizabeth says, the upside of connectivity and social media is compelling but we need to find balance with everything else.
Every technology advancement brings with it the potential for abuse and this is usually experienced more within its first few decades. Unfortunately, mankind's ability to achieve appropriate usage lags far behind the innovation.
I find the increase in participation and interest in explicit disconnection events such as vipassana retreats to be one reasonable response to this challenge.
You have to understand that social media is a synonim of "The Matrix". If not you are lost. It does not matter I am leading the organization endeavour behind the organizational strategic goal of "Be Digital"
I focus on one platform now-Twitter. I still have a Facebook account but use the time I spent there and spending it elsewhere-like here for example.
I think if you find a platform that works for you-connects you with other like minded people being able to engage in chats or conversations-then stick with it. There really isn't a need, I feel, to have multiple social media channels.
At the outset, one can not wish away social media and the technology that is driving it. I always relate controlling social media to a firewall configuration. Block all and allow only that you need or allow all, block
selectively. So the choice we need to make. Secondly, we have become vulnerable in the hands of face book, google, amazon, twitter etc. The managers in these organisation are convinced that they can do anything and everything with OUR data. There are no limits to this.
History is replete with incidents that today, makes us question if these 'technology' companies have any ethics at all. The Gen Z are now dangerously anti-social and the intangible and invisible world that they live in frightening. Parents can control and guide if they know what is happening. The tragedy is the parents as well are immersed in social media. We have lost privacy, google knows where one is. Why? All the more dangerous is the new additions to our family, Siri's and Alexa's.
It is time to call companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon as human resources companies that use technology not technology companies that offer platforms. And bring them under labour laws and other appropriate legislations.
I suggest if any reader has time and inclination to read the book 'Understanding Media' by Marshall Mcluhan written in 1964.
Do we need a detox in these cases ?
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