A chance to reflect

I came across this sentence in the FT article on what Internet, social media, social networking and our longer and longer online presence are doing to our personalities, our empathy, other life skills, etc.:

Online culture, and social networks in particular, are oriented toward outer lives, rather than inner lives, he says. It favours objective, quantitative thoughts over subjective, qualitative feelings. (The full article is here but it may be behind a subscription firewall)

While you are at it, you might wish to listen to Prof. Sherry Turkle of MIT on ‘Connected but alone’ here

The second one came in an email that my wife sent me. Purportedly, it is a bunch of instructions that a mother gives her daughter (or, son) when she hands over a new mobile phone to them. Here is one link to the list of eighteen instructions that she had given. The one that caught my attention is this:

Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity.

Needless to say, both the above points are closely linked and good ones to reflect on. It appears that pictures are taken these days only to put them up on Facebook!

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