January 19, 2018

Tech And Communication: A Love/Hate Story For Individuals

If you haven’t heard of the hyper-realistic game “Bury Me, My Love” which follows the emotional tale of a Syrian refugee on your phone, then you haven’t fully measured the power of digital communication. The interactive dialogue-driven game was launched last year on iOS and Android. Entirely based on real-life stories, the game lets the player help Nour, a Syrian woman to flee her war-torn country. You play Majid, Nour’s husband who stays behind to help old relatives and use messages to guide and support Nour. This emotional gem shows the realities of war and also the captivating power — and weakness — of digital communication. Technology, it seems, doesn’t need conflict to tear people apart.

Is social media activity socialising?

When the business tech kills socialisation

The business world is fuelled by constant communication, and consequently, more often than not, it’s a task you can entrust digital tools. Indeed, using digital tools can support your organisational communication. From the marketing team using a web casting platform to launch webinars to the business relying on data information to understand user needs, there’s an array of situations in which a digital tool can convey the appropriate message. However; an email doesn’t replace the warmth of face-to-face conversations, and in-team digital tools can divide instead of bringing together.

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Don’t email, talk

When tech gives other people access to your privacy

Tech such as social media and webcams are great to stay connected with long-distance relatives and friends. However, the constant need for webcams has driven hackers to find ways to remotely access your webcam and take a peek at your surroundings.  From criminal photos to serious data-breach, the risks of webcam spying are almost infinite. Consequently, you need to protect your privacy, by combining a webcam cover from www.c-slide.com and technical know-how. All it takes to be exposed is a click on a suspicious link.

When you share more than you should

According to www.lifewire.com, there is such a thing as social media over-sharing. Aside from embarrassing details of your private life, the highest risk of social media posts is sharing your location. Depending on your privacy settings, you could share your location with strangers, letting them know that you’re not at home. Even if you think you’re safe, strangers could get access via a friend’s profile to your information. Location sharing is the best encouragement for criminal activities and burglary. If you love your home, don’t let anybody know you’re away!

The danger of holiday selfies

When your online friends don’t beat IRL loneliness

There’s a common misconception that those who have a lot of online friends are popular. A new study by the University of Pittsburgh has discovered that social media doesn’t make people feel connected but lonelier. In fact, people who visit social networks over 58 times a week are more likely to feel lonely than those who barely use the sites. As social media is closely linked to FOMO — fear of missing out — the study revealed that the more time people spend online to prevent a FOMO attack, the less time they have to attend events… and consequently, they feel more isolated and ultimately miss out.

Is technology truly bringing us together? The discussion is more complex than a yes/no answer. As tech reduces communication time and distance, it exposes the individuals to a world outside of social conventions.

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