Living in an online age

Living in an online age
  • The Internet has redefined the way we work. It has improved our lives and broadened our perspective of the world.
  • But in some cases, the digital age hasn't been as kind to workers. Some employers may use it to exploit their employees, demanding more work or longer days without paying overtime.
  • By blurring the lines between work and home life, the Internet also changed our cultural conception of patience, demanding immediate answers, or same-day delivery.
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  • Antisocial behaviour existed well before the Internet. The same argument was used about the telephone - that it would reduce social encounters. But it really facilitated more of them.
  • An attempt to separate the Internet from everyday life is useless. The only credible post-Internet visions are tied to civilizational collapses, such as the zombie apocalypse, global pandemics, or nuclear catastrophes.
  • If the only way to imagine a world without an Internet is to think of a world without civilization, then the Internet has become our civilization.
  • Thirty years ago, just 3 percent of Americans were online. Most of them were academics.
  • Before the web was invented, early adopters spent less than an hour a week online (mostly email.)
  • The Internet was designed to connect people with shared interests and ideas and produce more durable offline relationships. However, research on empathy shows a 40 percent decline over thirty years.

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Social media is a stream

The information never ends.

To use social media effectively, realise that you can never catch up with all of it. Instead, partake in the conversation, then leave.

12 Rules for Navigating the Internet Intentionally

Human nature is more than biology

The level of happiness is part of our genetic makeup - we have a set level and cannot rise above or fall below it.

Some scientists envision the day that we can manipulate our happiness genes with precise nanoscale technologies. These mood bots will travel inside us to a part of the brain and manually turn on genes to up or down our happiness set point. But, scientists assure us that we are more than biology and that a mood bot will not guarantee happy and satisfying lives.

What Technology Can't Change About Happiness

  • Online marketing strategies have become very sophisticated. The Internet uses a huge amount of data collected from clicks to produce a taste fingerprint for every consumer that uses a Web site or app.
  • Customer reviewing is lay expertise and not trustworthy. We often find ourselves identifying with one-star hotheads. We want to know if things go wrong, how bad it will be. High number ratings may reflect "positivity bias."

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