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Old 03-19-2017, 04:10 AM
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Just an observation:
In the course of my career in mental health services (1990-present), I have seen "social media" develop from non-existence to where it is presently a major factor in marital, relationship, family, academic, and interpersonal problems. Keeps me busy!

With the ease with which people can now
"(re)connect" and share pictures, videos, and text of their every thought, feeling, and activity (no matter how mundane), we as a society are at risk of losing the ability to censor ourselves or even control our impulses. Where does this lead?
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:29 AM
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I hope that the infatuation with social media will die off.
Not too sure how long that may take.
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Originally Posted by DrDanH View Post
Just an observation:
In the course of my career in mental health services (1990-present), I have seen "social media" develop from non-existence to where it is presently a major factor in marital, relationship, family, academic, and interpersonal problems. Keeps me busy!

With the ease with which people can now
"(re)connect" and share pictures, videos, and text of their every thought, feeling, and activity (no matter how mundane), we as a society are at risk of losing the ability to censor ourselves or even control our impulses. Where does this lead?
Job security for you
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Actually I was glad when Facebook came because I quit getting all those emails with bits of wisdom, jokes, and political stuff.
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I don't know where it goes, but there are plenty of pros as well as cons.

Pictures of food, etc are ridiculous of course. Some people are just attention whores.

Reaching out to old friends has certainly led to affairs, but it probably would have happened anyway.

I find the younger generation (I'm 56) uses it very differently than mine. They are rarely on Facebook anymore, and use other formats for different purposes.
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I think it might be just one word to explain it INSECURITY , this is for many many people young and old. I use only FB for lack of a better word, entertainment, and yes have caught up with some old friend and other types. It is interesting to see where/how your peers from youth have changed. I'm older than 75 and still not brain or body dead.
I should add someone started a "if you grew up in ********** do you remember people, places and events it has been a great fun place to see pics and historical events in your home town/surrounding area.
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Social media has made society a bunch of self-centered dimwits.

Yall are gonna laugh, but the only social media I use is Snapchat. Mine and my wife's group of friends are on it as a group. My buddies and I simply use it to send pics of what we're working on, etc. And yes, the occasional full moon pic

I quit Facebook nearly 10 years ago. If I don't keep up with you in real life, then you just aren't that important to me.
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Social media....you mean ego driven advertising platform...
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:47 AM
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It is really interesting to see how different some people's online portrayal of themselves/their life is from reality.

Some people definitely try to maintain a certain perception of themselves.....
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Originally Posted by DocHoliday View Post
It is really interesting to see how different some people's online portrayal of themselves/their life is from reality.

Some people definitely try to maintain a certain perception of themselves.....
Isn't this true. The Internet is not reality.
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Meh. This is as silly as blaming the gun for a shooting or the car for accidents.

I do very little 'social media' but would bet that there are much more grandparents looking a pictures of their grandkids then the silliness you are complaining about.

But the irony of posting your annoyance on a internet forum is not lost on us so well done there!
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Meh. This is as silly as blaming the gun for a shooting or the car for accidents.

I do very little 'social media' but would bet that there are much more grandparents looking a pictures of their grandkids then the silliness you are complaining about.

But the irony of posting your annoyance on a internet forum is not lost on us so well done there!
This.

The people who make social media a problem would have probably made a certain aspect of their actual social life a problem also. It's just easier to see people's character traits when there's some perceived "protection" on the internet. For better or worse.

Never have had a Facebook page.
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This.

The people who make social media a problem would have probably made a certain aspect of their actual social life a problem also. It's just easier to see people's character traits when there's some perceived "protection" on the internet. For better or worse.

Never have had a Facebook page.
My original post was an observation, but not necessarily a complaint.

While I agree that people have an amazing capacity to find ways to harm themselves and their relationships - and yes that does offer me some job security - I just find it interesting how much easier it seems to be in this era for people to mess up their lives.
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Originally Posted by DrDanH View Post
My original post was an observation, but not necessarily a complaint.

While I agree that people have an amazing capacity to find ways to harm themselves and their relationships - and yes that does offer me some job security - I just find it interesting how much easier it seems to be in this era for people to mess up their lives.
Of course it was a complaint.

The ability and resources we now have available is beyond amazing and unimaginable not that long ago. Today, everyone has a voice which I find much more preferable then when only the elite few had the platform to reach so many.

Freedom is messy. Unruly. Sometimes ugly. But the alternative is and was worse. By focusing only on the negative and ignoring the much bigger positive says more about the focuser than anything else.

Just an observation.
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Social Media = Twilight Zone/Matrix

Hey Doc, don't you just love it when a patient googles their symptom's, come into your office and tells you what wrong with them & what kind of drugs they need to battle the issues?
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people dont go outside anymore. they live thie lives glued to a phone or computer screen. lemmings, and slaves to media
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A large percentage of the population is more engaged with people on Facebook and are obsessed with how they are perceived online than in real life

Some don't count real life experience as much as thei Facebook life
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people dont go outside anymore. they live thie lives glued to a phone or computer screen. lemmings, and slaves to media
Traffic and crowds everywhere just laughed at your assertion.
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Originally Posted by Riptied View Post
Social Media = Twilight Zone/Matrix

Hey Doc, don't you just love it when a patient googles their symptom's, come into your office and tells you what wrong with them & what kind of drugs they need to battle the issues?
I used to work at a chronic pain clinic. Lots of drug-seeking behavior, as you might expect. My favorites were the ones with the improbable story about how they lost all their medication. I also liked it when people would come in with a specific medication in mind, and would refer to it using the "street slang" name for it, e.g., "I need to get some telephone poles."

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By focusing only on the negative and ignoring the much bigger positive says more about the focuser than anything else.
Touché. Maybe my work is making me cynical? I guess I could have given a "the Internet is wonderful" comment to balance out my original post. (This is very similar to the argument that drug users try to make when confronted with the harm that addiction causes.)

The internet is a tool. It makes many things easier, and makes things that were nearly impossible in the past easy to accomplish. That is a blessing and a curse.

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