Travelling on a train recently, I was struck by the number of fellow travelers looking at their social media devices.
The dangers of becoming a faceless drone
Are we in danger of being sucked into the cyberspace vortex?
I’m reminded of the Dr Who episode “The Idiot’s Lantern”. An entity, The Wire “seeks to consume enough minds to create a body (…stealing the face of the victim in the process)”. wikipedia While the episode relates to a different medium, it rings true for social media.
Try to have a conversation with a friend whilst their head is in their phone. That look of blank incomprehension? Behold… the faceless drone!
The dangers related to overuse of social media is serious and includes cyber bullying, stalkers, predators plus both mental and physical health issues (eg.Blackberry Thumb and Text Neck) amongst others.
- The Text Walker – dangerous to themselves, sometimes others. Cue the video.
- Procrastination … Check my messages, see the notfications then, much later….”Where was I?”
- The Duck Face selfie – once seen, can never be unseen!
Here’s the twist…
It’s fair to say the dangers are real. However, there is a good side to social media.
- It allows people to keep in touch with distant family and friends.
- Many businesses use it as their principal selling or advertising platform
My tips… use social media in short doses, for good not evil. Don’t use your phone while walking or driving.
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