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Alternate title. The Death of Individual Thought.
originally posted by: DonVoigt
I think you are looking at it from the wrong perspective, think of it as sharing in part to the hive mind mentality. You have access to any knowledge you desire, within reason. With our busy work and immediate family lives, we are now missing out on the timevwith our extended family, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle's, cousins, friends, as well as having a business presence there to as well. You might have a perspective on something that helps out your aunt. Or you might stumble across a really good cure for sinus problems.
originally posted by: Phage
Facebook, and others, have also contributed to the loss of "secret places." It used to be that if you found a nice trail or waterfall you might tell a few friends about it and go there with them. Now, you post selfies, directions, and GPS coordinates to the world. Now, that waterfall has 50 people there when you next go.
originally posted by: intrepid
a reply to: Observationalist
I understand that BUT I've seen it with people in RL. It's expanded beyond the Net.
I said at the beginning, we're losing our listening. Why did I say that? Well there are a lot of reasons for this. First of all, we invented ways of recording -- first writing, then audio recording and now video recording as well. The premium on accurate and careful listening has simply disappeared. Secondly, the world is now so noisy, (Noise) with this cacophony going on visually and auditorily, it's just hard to listen; it's tiring to listen. Many people take refuge in headphones, but they turn big, public spaces like this, shared soundscapes, into millions of tiny, little personal sound bubbles. In this scenario, nobody's listening to anybody
originally posted by: introvert
I'm not an old fart and I have people act shocked when they ask me to friend them on facebook and I have to tell them I do not use facebook. They tell me to "get with the times". I tell them I am a grown man. Perhaps they should grow up as well.