technology & social media is just change that we can either waste energy by fighting it or use that same energy to create a personal relationship with it so we can use it a positive way to create genuine influences.
it may take time, but it really does begin with being present with yourself and starting with more conscious decisions.
To be truly countercultural in a time of tech hegemony, one has to, above all, betray the platform which may come in the form of betraying or divesting from your public online self.
we are in the age of information overload, so find the right tools and create the systems that will personally allow you to best unpack and organize that information.
The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.
Consuming information on the internet has become a constant, and most often passive, habit we undertake at all waking hours of the day. We frantically skim through a million newsletters, condense our thoughts into 140 character boxes, and jump from browser to browser balancing notifications and the constant overflow of new information. This has reduced our ability to think, focus, and solve problems
Knowledge has a point when we start to find and make connections, to weave stories out of it, stories through which we make sense of the world and our place within it. It is the difference between memorising the bus timetable for a city you will never visit, and using that timetable to explore a city in which you have just arrived. When we follow the connections – when we allow the experience of knowing to take us somewhere, accepting the risk that we will be changed along the way – knowledge can give rise to meaning. And if there is an antidote to boredom, it is not information but meaning.
If boredom has become a sickness in modern societies, this is because the knack of finding meaning is harder to come by
There is a connection, though, between the two. Information is perhaps the rawest material in the process out of which we arrive at meaning: an undifferentiated stream of sense and nonsense in which we go fishing for facts. But the journey from information to meaning involves more than simply filtering the signal from the noise. It is an alchemical transformation, always surprising. It takes skill, time and effort, practice and patience. No matter how experienced we become, success cannot be guaranteed. In most human societies, there have been specialists in this skill, yet it can never be the monopoly of experts, for it is also a very basic, deeply human activity, essential to our survival. If boredom has become a sickness in modern societies, this is because the knack of finding meaning is harder to come by.
When the internet arrived, it seemed to promise a liberation from the boredom of industrial society, a psychedelic jet-spray of information into every otherwise tedious corner of our lives. In fact, at its best, it is something else: a remarkable helper in the search for meaningful connections. But if the deep roots of boredom are in a lack of meaning, rather than a shortage of stimuli, and if there is a subtle, multilayered process by which information can give rise to meaning, then the constant flow of information to which we are becoming habituated cannot deliver on such a promise. At best, it allows us to distract ourselves with the potentially endless deferral of clicking from one link to another. Yet sooner or later we wash up downstream in some far corner of the web, wondering where the time went. The experience of being carried on these currents is quite different to the patient, unpredictable process that leads towards meaning.
If you watch television for 8 hours in a row, you might feel that you watched too much television. You would have a feeling that you wanted to get up and go do something else.
Smart-phones specifically, unlike any other previous screen, are located on the body and taken everywhere. Without a conscious disconnnection practice, there is no getting up and walking away.
The infinite scrollabe feed is also a good metaphor
for capitalism in general. A UX designed to maximize consumption with no limit. Is more always better? Is more features all together always the best option? Instead of seamlessly switching between anything at anytime, what would technology look like if it felt more like rooms in a house with some walking in between spaces?