Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Social Media Un-Training

An increasingly prevalent problem in the 21st century, thanks entirely to the ubiquity of the various social media platforms we're constantly plugged into, is that we're simply too available. There's no such thing anymore as simply being indisposed. Being away. Being out. The days of having to wait to reach someone or to be reached seem positively Paleozoic in the age of smartphones and "push" notifications and every other way we're on the grid, constantly prodded by notifications from this person or that app. Well, as Jon Mitchell says in a very thought-provoking op-ed, the problem lies not in our technologies, but in ourselves, and the key to moving forward has to be about training -- or rather un-training -- ourselves and our acquaintances in how to to use social media rather than be used by it.

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