How Your Social Networks Influence You (2011)

How Your Social Networks Influence You
We’ll look at how social networks may guide your life. Your health. Your happiness.
February 23, 2011

social contagion

Dunbar’s number


Ondi Timoner

When genius and insanity hold hands
Ondi Timoner
Aug 28, 2014

1:30 We would trade our privacy and eventually our freedom for the recognition and connection we so dearly crave.

2:50 We want our lives to matter. And we’re desperately uncomfortable with the notion that it all might be meaningless. So we seek to be remembered long before we’re gone.

Context collapse

With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything
March 1, 2014

BOYD: I have to simultaneously deal with professional situations, friends from the past, friends from the present all in one environment, and I don’t share the same thing in those worlds. For me, it’s just, you know, a world of context collapse.

BLAIR: Context collapse. Danah Boyd, who attended MIT and works for Microsoft, isn’t sure whether she or a fellow social scientist coined the phrase but she refers to it a lot.


Reclaiming Conversation

Making The Case For Face To Face In An Era Of Digital Conversation
September 26, 2015

Sherry Turkle, a professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT … Her new book is called
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.
Penguin Press, October 2015
She is also the author of the books The Second Self and Alone Together.

I was called to consult at a middle school because the directors and the teachers were concerned about what they felt was a lack of empathy among middle school children which they associated to the presence of technology. The association they made was when they sit together at lunch they don’t talk to each other — they talk with their phones. Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do; it’s where we learn to put ourselves in the place of the other.


Mobile phones & closeness, connection, and conversation quality

Can you connect with me now? How the presence of mobile communication technology influences face-to-face conversation quality
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships May 2013   vol. 30  no. 3  237-246
Andrew K. Przybylski, Netta Weinstein
University of Essex, UK

Recent advancements in communication technology have enabled billions of people to connect over great distances using mobile phones, yet little is known about how the frequent presence of these devices in social settings influences face-to-face interactions. In two experiments, we evaluated the extent to which the mere presence of mobile communication devices shape relationship quality in dyadic settings.

In both, we found evidence they can have negative effects on closeness, connection, and conversation quality. These results demonstrate that the presence of mobile phones can interfere with human relationships, an effect that is most clear when individuals are discussing personally meaningful topics.



In Google Newsroom …

In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline
July 09, 2014

Google itself is choosing to steer clear of negative terms. The company has created an experimental newsroom in San Francisco to monitor the World Cup, and turn popular search results into viral content. And they’ve got a clear editorial bias.

The team decided to turn this trending question into the trend of the day. After every game, copy editors write up a fact that interprets Google search analytics. Designers put the factoid into a pretty box. Influencers enlisted by Google circulate it on Twitter and Facebook — to increase it’s reach beyond the company’s own social network Google+.

After the dramatic defeat by Germany, the team also makes a revealing choice to not publish a single trend on Brazilian search terms. Copywriter Tessa Hewson says they’re just too negative.


July 10, 2014

June 17, 2014

December 7, 2011