"We lost public spaces. Online public spaces. Facebook and Google are shopping malls, but we think they are parks!"
Anytime you’re gonna grow, you’re gonna lose something. You’re losing what you’re hanging onto to keep safe. You’re losing habits that you’re comfortable with, you’re losing familiarity.
"You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you." - Alexander den Heijer
“GUIs normally make it simple to accomplish simple actions and impossible to accomplish complex actions.” –Doug Gwyn
“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” – Albert Einstein.
Every hour I spent online was not spent in the physical world. Every minute I was engrossed in a virtual interaction, I was not involved in a human encounter. Every second absorbed in some trivia, was a second less for any form of reflection, or calm or spirituality. “Multi-tasking” was a mirage. This was a zero-sum question. I either lived as a voice online, or I lived as a human being in the world that humans had lived in since the beginning of time.
– Andrew Sullivan
Powerful message here. Our online lives, should never be more important than living in the real world. As much as I like posting online, I need to be mindful of the time I spend writing posts.
A problem with not having Facebook is that I cannot view photos of my friends, like if they have a newborn kid, or get married, etc... So basically, I cannot stay up to date on what's been going on in their lives. On the contrary, they can stay up to date on what's been going on with mine, through my personal websites.
And they don't even need to login to any service or network to see my updates... Because my personal website is not hidden behind a walled-garden.