Something that I have been noticing lately are people announcing that they will be blocking others on Facebook for various reasons. Now I completely understand that there is no reason that we need to take time with people who drag us down, but online we have the ability to completely block even seeing that any of that stuff exists. This means that we can shape our life online to only include those people or things that reinforce our perspective of the world. Yet, what does this mean for how we deal with the wider variety that we might experience outside of these online circles? Continue reading
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I know this is a crazy topic for someone who writes a blog because everything we discuss relies on us being connected and online. To discuss, analyze, and keep up to date on a variety of topics we need to remain connected. At the same time it is important every once in a while to take a moment to disconnect from online. Every once in a while the amount of stuff that is happening online can feel like a lot and you can constantly be checking on things. There is even a commercial for a Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge that allows you to check notifications on the edge of the phone with a single swipe of the finger without lighting up the screen. We are increasing the ways that we connect to people and the ways that people can connect to us.
At the same time, I do think it is good, every once in a while, to disconnect. It does not have to be for long, but I always find it refreshing. One of the problems is that the easiest way to disconnect is to literally be in a location where you cannot connect, which is not the easiest thing to do.
The other day I wrote about the good that can come from the Internet; today I want to talk about some of the darker side. There is this line that we all have to walk when we post things online. Some people don’t even get near the line and some don’t realize the line even exists and willingly cross over it. That line is the point where we are sharing to a point of potentially compromising ourselves or maybe others.
The place that we have really started thinking about this is with a child on the way. How much do you really share about and of your kids? I try and be careful of what I post online and tend to share with friends only to be careful; there is still that extra consideration when thinking about sharing stuff about my child. With the rate and pace at which things can be shared online and the fact that once they are there it does not just go away, there is some consideration to be made to how much we might share online and how we choose to share it. Continue reading