For as long as I can remember I’ve loved technology. I like being the person that knows the answers to common problems and figuring out neat things that I can do with it. I like the logistic challenge it has always created for me. Furthermore, I think that technology has offered society so much in return. We are in a place right now where we can online shop with just our voice, where everything we need will be delivered to our front door. Pretty amazing. What’s not to love?
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Conversely though, I despise the way that the average consumer uses their technology. Doing my best to not sound like an old man, I feel social media started out with the right intentions, though people have taken it too far. An online based community that shares their thoughts, feelings, opinions, and information with anyone around the world is a dream come true. I’d argue that this is hardly the case, though. Alternatively, I’d say that there is an ever growing addiction to molding our physical lives into a beautiful digital display for all to see. And I get it, the dopamine hit that comes with every like or positive interaction online is highly addictive.
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So, how exactly can society step away from this collective vanity? Obviously I don’t have an answer, but there are people in the world considering the implications of our current actions. Have you seen this episode of black mirror? Watch it.
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Privacy has become a big interest of mine over the past few years, too. Because of this, a part of me regrets signing up for all the biggest social media platforms. Facebook, YouTube, Google, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. I may be treading the line of conspiracy theorist here, but at one point or another, I’ve offered my personal data to them for free. It’s theirs now. They get to do whatever they want with it. Period. What do I mean? Perhaps the following video will help make sense of what I’m trying to say:
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You certainly don’t need to agree with me, and maybe you think I’m being over dramatic. Though I am reminded of this type of intrusiveness every time I forget to turn my location off on my phone. No, Chapters! I have no desire to rate my experience in your store!
Moving forward, I’ve made a personal choice to really consider whether or not I want my name and information attached to a new online service. For most people the convenience of signing up outweighs not signing up because the service uses your data to build a personalized experience for you. But that convenience helps reinforce my argument. What I want, or may want, due to my history is really no one’s business but my own.
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What do you think? Is there some truth to what I’m saying?
Thanks for reading,