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Deleted both my Facebook accounts today after 6 years of FaceBragging.

On to the next Internet trend . . .

Dr. Strangelove

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  1. QuantumQrack's Avatar
    Deleted mine several years ago, welcome to the club! :-) Is it possible for you to tell us why you closed them? I closed mine because I didn't want "me" out there in cyberspace so much, although I realize a lot of information about me is already out there and is not under my control.
  2. E-Male's Avatar
    I am all over the Internet (never tried to hide my identity when I first logged on in 1990) as a author, professor, artist, so privacy is not a concern to me.

    I study Facebook since 2007 looking at various communities and my own use (autoethnography) and am disconnecting from it to see how it effects my social communication, person 'network' and so on.

    I also detest Zuckerberg and all he stands for, but that was not a motivating factor!
  3. Shoomfie's Avatar
    I locked myself out of mine for the summer. Not so much as a privacy concern, but rather just a lifestyle choice. It will probably flow into a year-round thing. Kind-of the same reason as E-Male (social communication/interactions and so forth). So far after about 2 months, I can say that I really like not having it.
  4. E-Male's Avatar
    There is a growing body of research that suggests negative psychological consequences from the use of online social networks such as Facebook. I have no idea if they overstate the case, but there are consequences.
  5. QuantumQrack's Avatar
    Yes, I read of a study recently done in academia that essentially says "multitasking" lifestyles are 'dumbing' us down. i.e. social networking, usage of cell phones--smartphones, etc. Not exactly sure why that would have a negative effect...but they are interesting findings.
  6. E-Male's Avatar
    I have studied the studies . . .

    We are not born to multitask -- the brain is ill-suited to such processes. It is a simple issue of more distraction equals less awareness, retention, learning . . .

    I see it in my students all the time.

    You want to improve your marks? Do not bring a laptop or cellphone to class.
  7. Mech__Warrior's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by E-Male
    I have studied the studies . . .

    We are not born to multitask -- the brain is ill-suited to such processes. It is a simple issue of more distraction equals less awareness, retention, learning . . .

    I see it in my students all the time.

    You want to improve your marks? Do not bring a laptop or cellphone to class.
    Yes, and don't do what I did; take 18 credit hours of class and try to do research. It will mess you up.
  8. Grunt 70's Avatar
    Good points about social media and communication in general.

    I've always been a slow adopter of technology and I'm kind of glad to say I only started texting in the last six months or so. I'm in sales guy. I thrive with a personal connection and texting, while convenient and fun at times, will never replace that for me. But texting will evolve into something we can't even define yet. It's unavoidable

    I watch CBS Sunday Morning, mostly for Bill Geist I will admit, but they run some pretty insightful stories for mainstream media. This past Sunday they replayed a story about texting and social media in general I found interesting. The story emphasized that texting is eroding our young people's ability to conduct effective face to face conversation. Texting gives the user micro control over what, when and how things are said. Face to face discussion can be unpredictable and hard to channel at times. I find that a very interesting consequence of the digital age and wonder with some trepidation how that will play out for humanity in the near and distant future.

    But as I said before I think this as an unavoidable part of human evolution. The old guard looks and texting and social media in general as a negative. The adopters see this as indispensable and vital but for the moment at least I'd hazard a guess that for a good deal of folks the truth is somewhere in between.


    Here is the linky - It is worth a few minutes if you are interested in the subject:


    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162...our-obsession/
  9. Grunt 70's Avatar
    double post...

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