Do you really understand?
Do you really understand what this means? In high school and in college, at present - are the first generation that the world has produced - which has had access to the internet nonstop since they were born. And they are now using it to graft into their lives - a sense of connection to others that is forged through artificial environments.
A person once told me "It's easy to be charming when you are an avatar". In fact, in the above statistic - you are 300 percent more likely to check facebook after sex, than you would otherwise - if you're using an iphone.
The background of the net should be a relatively anonymous. One should be free to forge whatever identity one can truly support as a contributor to the cosmic fugue. An internet identity is, a nom de plume.
And also, an aggressively open medium - that enables many to many communications. Facebook wrongly asserts a one-to-many model, elevating the end user to a sort of mixed status where they believe that their updates are a sign of status to others. Men are displaying a higher propensity to check facebook after sex, due to anxiety. They wish to validate their performances and selves by an 'audience'.
Which in fact, does not exist. Do you really understand this? You are free, here. Not bound. And in your exploration, you should be judged by your actions here - and not in the real world. Defend wikileaks. Root and pry open tethered devices. Fight here, for what really matters and win the respect of others that can not only see what you're doing, but also help.
This is the essence of the net. Not to mirror what is going on , in your real life existence - but rather to allow you a platform from which you can build.
I've recently removed a link to an artist's website, that requested I do so because I wrote an article on swingers. She felt that she would be judged by someone following a link to her site. Would she be seen as a swinger? How would she have come to be linked to this person who wrote the article - do they have any connection?
The key is - the article was written here, on the net - for others -under an identity that I have used to explore many concepts. Not the least of which, Bettie Page numbering amongst them. I will soon write a review of "Black Snake Moan" .. which I feel is a great film. Sure, I've seen the film in real life. And I might be a sexually adventurous person as well. But the article connects in the way that, facebook connects. It's a material post in a world of information - a study. Musings on the world and the relationship we have to each other. Nothing more.
The practice of attaining wisdom comes through understanding. Wisdom is deep knowledge. Simply having information doesn't mean there are connections or relationships. This is something businesses could learn as well - keeping your information out of the cloud is an important step in the health of the net , and your business. It is the relationship between the different data sets your business might generate - and not the data itself - that is valuable.
Just as, a person on the net - should be able to develop a sense of context about who they are and what they are doing here. I believe what has happened with this generation , is that they were subjected to an overdose of a certain form of connectivity - that caused them to believe that their connections can be forged through artificial means. But the insight is easy to grasp, if you simply halt the cycle.
4 friends that know you in the real world, and that you like to see are better than 483 friends that you want to look at but not be with. I met the aforementioned artist in a virtual world, and although our relationship was platonic - it was intriguing to me - for a brief moment, at least - I felt as if I had an actual connection to her.
But that connection is not the same as a human one. It's spiritual, in some ways. But really - it's a form of alliance. A sense that there is someone else out there that will fight the battle that you fight. A flash mob that can come down upon the head of the dictator. A chance to speak out and have your voice heard.
The fragmentation that twitter, facebook, and others - bring to this space is immense. Breaking though into smaller and smaller parcel, we send human connection into a post human twilight. One from which there is no return.