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Finding a balance for sharing

Social media is helpful in many ways, but one of the dangers I think is the risk of oversharing. I think finding a balance for sharing is very important.

There are many reasons why oversharing is harmful both to the person sharing and those who read.

  1. You may be turned down for a loan. Banks and other financial organizations are looking at your social media account to learn about your personality. Why? One of the 3 C’s as we were told is character, and they want to see if not only you are responsible, but your friends are responsible. The theory is that if you have a friend who doesn’t pay a bill, you might be the same and the risk of lending to you in increased.
  2. There is no forget button. Whatever you share is forever on the Internet. It doesn’t matter if you delete the post, it will surely get archived and copied. You may feel good about something you share at the moment, but the future may have a different perspective on it. If you aren’t sure if you should share something, then don’t.
  3. Your words will come back to haunt you. I shared something once with the FCC when they sought public opinion on a decision they made. Ten years later when I googled my name it came to the top of the list. It wasn’t something that the FCC said they would share, but once I published it, it was out of my control. You should assume that anything you write on the Internet is public and part of the record forever.
  4. Your words can be used to harm others. You may write something with the intention of positive results, but as I said before positive intentions aren’t enough. There are tons of positive intentioned and ignorant people on the Internet. I try to write things that are supported by mainstream science, and not on any crazy fringe groups. However too often science discovers something new, and when that happens your advice is no longer accurate. So if you want to stand by your words, you need to constantly evaluate them with the new information that comes out daily and revise them when appropriate. Sadly 99% of people do not update their writing, so most information on the Internet is quickly outdated.

How do I manage these problems with what I write? I review things that I write everyday as part of the work of having this blog. I go through and try to delete articles that are no longer true or things that have a low interest by others. I always encourage the reader to challenge what I say, and the greatest compliment to me would be “I don’t agree with you, but it made me think.”

Everything in life has a balance, including sharing.

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Is the future just technological?

I hope the future isn’t just technology. It would be such a boring place.

I like Star Trek and all the progress and science that it represents. I like the fact that one day we will have incredible technologies that seem improbable now. I like the fact that we are slowly increasing our understanding of the universe and growing as species.

However even with all the wonderful things that science and technology bring us, it clearly isn’t the answer. We grow more capable and energy efficient, but that just causes us to use energy in other things. Yes we can do more with engines than we used to do, but we have so many engines now that we are causing global warming because of it.

Clearly science can only go so far. The other part of course is our lifestyle or how we choose to use it. I am not saying what we should do with our lives, but to recognize that technology isn’t the only answer.

I work with technology and often have people ask me how we can be more efficient with that. I love those kinds of questions and yes we can do much more with technologies help. However I see with the addiction that people have to their phones and the Internet that it is crossing the line from being helpful to being destructive.

Why do I say this? It is common for people not to remember things because they say they can google it. Rather than people being valued for being educated, we value someones search skills. Rather than have personal enrichment or reading just for the pleasure of reading, we tend to skim Facebook for information. Did you know that one study said that 60% of people get their primary news from Facebook? Facebook as a news source is repulsive to me.

One news source, no matter how good is only one point of view. The best news source would be something with differing points of view and challenging whatever the current point of view is. What use is news that doesn’t challenge the reader?

Is the future just technological? I hope not. I hope we don’t become machines but rather stay human and challenge the system.

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