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  • Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 27

    Posted on October 28th, 2018 at 02:00 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I apologize in advance if I’m a bit controversial tonight.  In the last several days we’ve had horrific things occur in the United States and I think some of this bad stuff going on… or perhaps all of this… is enhanced by social media.  I have posted in and on online forums for many years and remember the days of nntp and newsgroups.  There were always good places to hang out and not so good places to hang out.  The anonymous nature of technology tended to encourage some folks to be a bit too brutal, a bit too honest, and a bit… well.. just too much.

    Fast forward twenty years to where twitter, facebook, Instagram and other platforms are deemed “mainstream” and I think the same issues we saw twenty years ago in the newsgroups – that where communication is broken down – is now in our daily lives.  And now what used to be a small small group of folks that you could easily ignore is now a much larger problem in society.

    In 2016, this page indicates that 87% of kids have witnessed cyberbullying.  Wow.  I wonder what that statistic is now.

    So I challenge all of us.. .including me, to do something tomorrow. Instead of using technology tomorrow, glance up at another human being and say Hi to them.  Keep your phone in your pocket and technology away from your fingertips and your head up tomorrow.

    Consider this an online hug from me, and here’s hoping something can be done.