Facebook and the circle of happiness

Facebook is not net additive to life anymore —even though it deems itself a social network and Mark Zuckerberg passionately talks about connecting everyone on the planet, the harsh reality is that it is nothing but a giant advertising network. Facebook managed to keep me around for a decade, as I used it to form … Continue reading Facebook and the circle of happiness

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Pareidolia, that’s the reason we love Facebook (and we should not)

Similarly, when we interact with “friends” on social-networking sites or through texting, it can feel like we’re getting quality social contact, but we are not. It turns out that face-to-face interaction with other people—real people, right in front of us, not characters on TV or friends we communicate via text messages—is absolutely vital for longevity … Continue reading Pareidolia, that’s the reason we love Facebook (and we should not)

You are in a (social media) cage and You didn’t notice

If you live in the US, Facebook is making about $50 off your attention each year. Your own friends who have joined social marketing schemes (aka: network marketing, or pyramid-schemes) to sell you junk are making another $10 off your time per year. Much like the lion, you’re being owned. Are you trapped in a cage? Yes. … Continue reading You are in a (social media) cage and You didn’t notice

Having fun, real fun, not TV fun

Get involved means cooperating, contributing, taking part. Not watching from the sidelines while someone else has your life for you. Getting involved means rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty but having an experience along the way, a real experience. Getting involved means joining in, offering help, volunteering, turning a theoretical interest into … Continue reading Having fun, real fun, not TV fun

It flatters our egos to believe we are indispensable

We have to feed and water these online relationships by responding to instant messages and tweets, by staying on top of the seemingly endless information at our fingertips, and by producing worthwhile online material. And there are only so many hours in the day … Or so we tell ourselves. Really, it flatters our egos … Continue reading It flatters our egos to believe we are indispensable