Through the Lens: Connected

Nowadays there’s so many different ways to ‘stay connected’ that it’s virtually impossible to disconnect oneself without (a) suffering from withdrawal and (b) inadvertently offending someone (or everyone) when you don’t respond/like/upvote/retweet/share quickly enough.

In the end, we might as well be literally weldedย together like these guys when it comes to connectedness and for the life of me I can’t decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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What do you think? Is our hyper-connectedness a good thing or does it scare you just a little bit just like me?ย 

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18 thoughts on “Through the Lens: Connected

    1. Lol! Fooseball is always a good thing ๐Ÿ˜†
      But the virtual hyper connectedness of our lives does not sit very well with me… Too much can go wrong, especially with kids and teens not realizing how much is too much when it comes to oversharing ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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      1. True. I think like most things, it’s about finding the balance and that sweet spot is probably different for everyone.

        I blog about lots of things. I don’t mind sharing stories of my kids, but I share less of the older ones because I don’t want to embarrass them. And my pregnancy with Jane I left that out of everything. So far as the internet was aware Jane showed up completely unannounced! ๐Ÿ™‚ But that certainly not what everyone does.

        Maybe what I’m babbling to get at is that we have to work to teach kids not just about the balance (because that’s a really hard skill) but the awareness of knowing that somethings are important to you personally to keep private, whether it’s your new activity you aren’t ready to share yet (I do capoeira, that hasn’t been on the blog yet, maybe someday) the food you eat or big feeling things … maybe… I don’t know…

        I suppose just going and playing fooseball instead would be avoiding the problem wouldn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. Maybe federally funded fooseball tables on every corner to fail down on online scandals? No?
        I think you’re right about the balance, and that balance is different for different people. For instance, for some people putting up normal every day pictures of the family is fine, while for others it’s important to not put up any pictures on public forums, while still others feel even private pictures are fine as long as you’re not breaking any laws! So yes, we really have to teach our kids the importance of privacy and what should and what shouldn’t remain private ๐Ÿ˜

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  1. Good analogy! I like being able to stay up-to-date with people, and I guess I keep close enough boundaries that the connection hasn’t been burdensome for me. But I can see how it could be a problem.

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    1. I think what bothers me is all the apps and sites blatantly targeted at teens which make sharing way too easy, which make oversharing the norm ๐Ÿ˜ณ Pictures, location, geotagging, videos, live streaming, and on and on marketed to the segment of the population least likely to realize the possible repercussions of that oversharing..

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      1. Definitely. Our son got himself into trouble his senior year of high school, tweeting something that would have MUCH better gone unsaid. He managed to avoid serious consequences, but it was a close thing. I do think he learned a lesson, at least.

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      2. Good to learn a lesson before something even worse happens ๐Ÿ˜ณ I come from a culture where arranged marriages are the norm so the best way to find out what a prospective spouse is like as a person is to look them up online, mostly on Facebook and Instagram. So you put up something harmless as a 16 year old (even something as benign as you at a party, or holding a cigarette) and it can lead to rejections when it comes to marriage proposals, especially for girls. Sad and frustrating, but true ๐Ÿ˜ฆ leads to all sorts of issues with depression, stress and anxiety..

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  2. Love your take on the theme.
    On the other side, I don’t like where we are heading with Social Media. Sometimes it can be too much and instead of being connected we become disconnected.

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