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Communication Loop

May 16, 2013 , ,

Butterfly convo

Butterfly convo

“The single biggest problem in communication

is the illusion that it has taken place.” GB Shaw

Are you in communities? Are you a leader? Do you create valuable content?  Does the internet make you compulsive and lonely?  I have read several posts lately about the brains of depressed people, and the effects of loneliness on health. It appears that insomnia, which seems to afflict most Americans now, can be a result of altered and damaged circadian rhythms.  Depression makes the day/night self timer malfunction. Isolation from live social contact proves to be as damaging to overall health as smoking or obesity.  It destroys the self monitoring abilities we learned in elementary school to survive in a social world.  Now that social order has been redefined, healthy relationships are less likely to evolve.  Human lovingkindness is essential for mental and physical health and well being.

Time spent with screens is not without merit, but if life is to be lived fully screen time has to be secondary to real human interaction.  Screen communication increases the chances of faulty assumptions on everyone’s part.  We normally present ourselves in the best light possible, keeping the shadow issues away from the public forums.  We know others must edit along the same favorable lines to give a spin on their life and times that makes them appealing.  How much noise is generated and how much valuable exchange?  The answer is never final.  It is a mix of magical electronic connections and spammy, even dangerous, invasions of privacy.  Caveat emptor, gentle reader.   The internet is what you make of it.

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reading a book called “alone together”. Exactly as you say. Are your virtual relationships real?

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Marc Zazeela

May 17, 2013

Thanks, Marc, I saw Margie’s post about the time a few others came up with related subjects. I look forward to your review of Alone Together..sounds on track.

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mermaidcamp

May 17, 2013

A very sensible post Pamela. I’ve been meaning to read this for a few days…and I’m glad I’ve waited till I had time. Two comments, I think sometimes if we are depressed we turn to the internet as a way of connecting without having to leave our safe place. And I don’t see that as bad if it is temporary. Secondly, you are so right to point out that real human interaction is key.

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Fiona Maclean

May 18, 2013

Thanks for your thoughts, Fiona. The connection becomes what is made of it, just like real life. It is problematic to turn to internet relationships over living ones if it becomes a habit, a preference, or an obsession. As you know I am heavily involved with dead peeps, but the ones who live with me and around me must be my most important consideration.

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mermaidcamp

May 18, 2013

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