Much of my blog is focused on the rise in attention many of us are putting into the internet and technology. To me at least it seems that tech is taking up more and more of our time and changing the way we relate to each other, society and indeed ourselves.
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The ALS ice bucket challenge has made $100 million for research into ALS which is 3500% more in donations than this time last year. I can’t help but be overwhelmed with the response and generosity of the world population. It’s such a great example of how the internet can bring people all around the world together to help the needy.
I was recently struck by the behaviour of a young boy on the street. He was running around stepping on manhole covers and yellow hose covers in the street – seemingly oblivious to others around him. His father apologised for his behaviour saying: ‘He’s just trying to get his bonus.’ ‘Sorry? How do you mean?’ I asked.
The next item on our Christmas lists is set to be wearable technology. Apple and Samsung has revealed its new watch range which links to your phone, to give you all of your notifications that are usually in your pocket, on your wrist – whilst Google is making its ‘Google Glass’ which is in essence a head display for our everyday lives.
I know you have, come on admit it. There is no shame in it, everyone has. We all want to look our best and now we have a camera with us just about wherever we go. Who hasn’t been tempted to take a picture or 50 to show the world how good we look or the cool things we’ve been up to.
When speaking to many of my friends and peers, what has come apparent to me is how people seemingly flit from one technological innovation to another; whether that be Candy Crush to 2048, Myspace to Facebook, or even the latest laptop or television. We’re desperately looking for the next ‘thing’ to help us relax, connect to the world or take up our time.
While doing my research on the candy crush phenomena I noticed that there were many entries on a new game, some heralding it as ‘The New Candy Crush Saga’. As I deleted candy crush I thought I would see what the fuss was about with this new game, and to see whether people will be ditching their old habit for this ‘newer model’ and if it will last.
While traveling on the tube to work I noticed the amount of people playing a puzzle game on their phone. Maybe 7 or 8 people all playing the same game, matching coloured gems together. Very odd I think, until I tell a friend and she says ‘Oh that’s candy crush’.
I have introduced the topic of Social Media; but why is it so much more compelling than real life interactions for many of us?
On one hand social media is a positive, cost effective way that many of us keep in contact with friends and family all over the world. Here’s my thoughts on the negative impact social media has on us and on our society.
The way social media has established itself in our lives is remarkable.
The gestation from solitary profile websites such as ‘Facepic’ and ‘Myspace’, in the early 2000’s is a new type of social media. This new type of social media is advocated by Facebook and Twitter. Changing the landscape of not just social media but i our usage of technology and the internet in general.