Is resistance truly futile?

With so many ways to track, log, dig, friend, subscribe, or publicly bookmark, is anyone else feeling the rising urge to step away from all of this social media?

There is a longer post brewing about this topic, but after seeing yet another site that encourages you to continuously log what you’re doing, where you’re going, and who you’re hanging out with, I’m feeling the compulsion to go into the other room and read a book and write on * gasp * paper.

I think I’m experiencing technology overload. I don’t want to be in the hive mind, and frankly, you don’t need to know when I get out of the shower or shop for groceries. We are making traditional relationships obsolete, one RSS feed at a time.

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9 thoughts on “Is resistance truly futile?”

  1. We are borg… you have been assimilated 🙂

    The site in question is interesting, but needs to settle down and mature to find it’s level. The mobile aspect is interesting but likely to be prohibitively expensive for a lot of people (why do text messages to special numbers cost the earth?).

    Will it last? I’m not sure. I’ll play for a while, don’t expect anyone to really pay an attention and promise to to post that I’m about to have a shower, or do anything else in the bathroom for that matter. Heck, with my attention span, I’ll probably stop using it tomorrow 🙂

    – Neil.

  2. Borg would be cool if I could be 7of9… 😉

    Ah- I see you’ve listed that site in your Skype status! I saw a lot of familiar geek dinner names in the mix and I just started to feel like so much attention is being given to opening up the world with social networking on the web that it seems destined to harm the way humans interact in person, or ‘meatspace’ as it’s called. Who needs small talk when we know everything about each other from the web?

    The advances in gimmicky social networks seem to be falling into a ‘hey! lookie what we can do now’ geek tech trap with little true social benefit. Does it matter when I do laundry? Nope. Does the world need to know when I go to work? Nope. Why bore people with these details on the web when I likely wouldn’t bore them with it in person?

    This is of course not aimed at anyone specifically – just a general opinion. 🙂

  3. As always, you make some insightful and thought provoking points, and all in the comments of a blog post!

    I quite agree on the small talk issue. It’s hard enough sometimes to find things to chat about at these gatherings, the thought of having do do it knowing the person opposite’s every move for the last 24 hours! Eeek!

    It’s a fun experiment but I can see it being relegated to being used as the backchannel at events (especially if the wifi is down) or for live reporting which can be pulled together into a fuller report after the fact.

    Oh,, I of course didn’t take any of it personally 🙂

    – Neil.

  4. Good post, I have dugg it, newsvine-ed it etc.


    Yeah I agree there has to be limits, maybe we are just getting old jEN 🙂 I can barely understand Technorati never mind all the other stuff.


  5. Sometimes I feel I’m living in the wrong time. I actually don’t like for anyone to know much about me. I like being a pretty private person. For me, this has nothing to do with being friendly. I’m very friendly and will talk with anyone. I simply listen more than I talk and reveal little of my inner self except to a few. That’s just me.

  6. ….you do have some nice fountain pens Jen, paper is required 😉

    Kn ow what you mean though, I still prefer a paper organiser, I’ve a small filofax. Sometimes the feel of paper is necessary for sanity!

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