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100 Words on Media Purging

It has now been three months since dropping all social media except LinkedIn.  No Facebook, Twitter, or others.  I felt some apprehension, endured some ridicule, and heard some dissent from others.

How do I feel now?  In a word, Indifferent.

It was not revolutionarily nor was it detrimental to my career or relationships.  Everything remains static.  I still call, email, and text people.  I still post on LinkedIn.  Am I missing Social Media drama? Am I missing amazing professional opportunities?  Are there people I am no longer connected with I miss?

Maybe, but that is likely your opinion; not mine.

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100 Words on Social Interaction

Is Social Media a true reflection of human interaction?  Without the context of vocal tone, body language, and other nuances, text (and accompanying images) may easily be misinterpreted.  The news often references Social Media reaction, embedding individual posts in its feeds, but is it telling the whole story?  We are justifiably concerned with manipulation and “Fake News”, but what about “Incomplete News”.  Many discussion threads rapidly escalate from reasonable, topical debate to ad hominem attacks, digressing within minutes.  Maybe Social Media is less about “what” we are presenting and more about “how” it is presented, considering a potentially global audience.

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100 Words on Digital Shadows

Some understand what their “Digital Footprint” is, but how many are aware of their “Digital Shadow?”  The term has existed for over a decade and consists of indirectly provided but related data.  Your Digital Shadow is information about you, akin to metadata.  Sources include CCTV footage, phone records, internet searches, others’ social media posts, and more.  Interestingly, this Digital Shadow is much larger than you think with an untold number of known (and possibly unknown) places containing a wealth of your private and sensitive information.  It is critical those possessing this data protect it; third party privacy must be considered.

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100 Words on Media Consumption

Our consumption of mass media is intriguing.  With social media, online videos and audio, plus traditional media, we are rich for choice.  Heated discussions often arise from differing opinions and rather than selectively ignore what offends us, we obsessively focus.  A recent social media post where the author complained about other posts was akin to someone that objected to a radio station but continued to listen.  No doubt others would object to the objecting post!  One wonders why we continually indulge in something we object to when choices abound.  When attacks become ad hominem, it is time to move on.

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100 Words on Validation

In an era of apparent cyber narcissism, one wonders why we seek virtual validation through social media to measure our worth.  We obsess over the number of “Likes”, comments on, and shares of our posts without realising those we seek validation from are likely seeking reciprocity.  Imagine being someone who considers their holiday a failure due to minimal “Likes” on their Instagram and Facebook posts.  We should not live for the arbitrary mouse clicks or screen taps of anyone else.  We have forgotten to experience life in analogue, now living digitally vicarious through an online persona.  Be your best offline.