Please answer one of the following two questions.

1. Social media: what percentage of time do you spend on social media? what kind of people do you follow? When you go on social media, do you create a “second” self as the virtual you, or are you fairly true to who you are?

2. How do you feel if you leave your cell phone at home by mistake? Does it make you nervous? When you have your cell phone with you, do you give the world around you partial attention? How do you feel about the attention your cell phone takes and do you feel it is a compulsion?




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  1. Yin 2 years ago

    I can’t give a percentage, but I admit that it is more than I really should. I just hate not being connected when I can. I hate when things are happening in the world and I don’t know about it. I follow family, friends, and some bands, actors, or comedians on Facebook. On Twitter, I follow wrestlers, actors, comedians, video game companies/creators, YouTubers, and some average people I don’t know that I respect what they have to say or share. I, sometimes, am different on social media than how my family knows me, but that isn’t a virtual me. It is more real than the person that my family sees. I don’t like the idea of being someone else. I do it with family some due to some fear of how they will take who I am, but I try not to when I feel comfortable. Being around them in person is also an issue with that since there is anxiety and whatnot. I guess I’m a little different around friends than I am online. Like, I curse around friends. I keep it to a minimum online. Cracking jokes is also a lot rarer from me online. It is harder to do, I feel, unless I know the person.

    Depends on where I’m going or how long I will be gone. I don’t have a smart phone. I just don’t like not having a phone to contact someone if I need to.

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      @Yin I don’t know that there is anything wrong with the amount you stated. There are bodies of evidence in favor of and against the virtual world. At any rate, it sounds like what you do with family is wise. We can only show so much of ourselves to some people. Its okay to decide which people are safest to share as much of you with as you like. I have family members that I do an emotional distancing with who don’t get that much of the real me.

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  2. Spitfire3dC 2 years ago

    Facebook 5%, Soul Sequel 1.75%, YouTube 2%…work 35%, Life 56.25- sleep = 23.25%. I’m a little off target as my aim is 25%…hmmm SS might need to go, but I could probably let Facebook and YouTube take the hit.

    Family and friends.

    Nope. What you see is what you get and I share things that matter to me

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      @Spitfire3dC which of these, if any, add the most quality to your life?

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      • Spitfire3dC 2 years ago

        @Scarlett Facebook allows me to interact and maintain relationships with those I can’t physically be with. My favourite group is my cousins that I did physically interact with and I love that I can continue the connection.

        Soul Sequel gives me a platform to talk to myself. It organizes random thoughts. It also helps broaden my perspective which supports my personal desire to be more empathetic. There is a range of personalities here that I would never encounter in the real world from the dramatically ignorant to the genuinely curious. If ignorant people could increase their genuine curiosity; there would be hope for Mankind. Genuine curiosity has nothing to do with asking questions as an illustration of intellectualism. It is the kinds of questions where an answer fills a gap versus reinforces a personal bias.

        YouTube entertains me. I love seeing talent expressed and I love access to hearing real experts offer their views on issues. I also use it to fix things myself. You can find anything, in a step by step video and life hacks, whether I use the or not, generally give me that light bulb effect.

        Everything contributes or detracts from quality of Life. How we choose to accommodate their inclusion is up to us, but the one thing that I personally use to make the most has to be obvious to you.

        My first boss that made such an impact on me, inserted a series of words into my consciousness, “Joie de vivre”. He would pronounce it with the most pathetic French accent because it was thick with his Maritime accent. I’m sure you can’t hear what I’m describing, but it woul be like a Kentuckian trying to speak Italian with their accent instead of the right one. Anyway, he was all about attacking life with joy, versus merely responding to what was thrown his way. He encouraged me…us…to not wait, but consciously choose to act and he helped us see that accomplishment is fun. People who are bored are boring. It makes me laugh when people admit it.

        Social media is a false God. Promising to do something for you. Some people choose to believe all they have to do is be there and they are included in the safety of the herd, but you can still run with herd, but do it with a kick in your step if you want to.

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  3. luftballooneyegouge 2 years ago

    I don’t go online.
    …too many phony people.

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  4. ladybarbara 2 years ago

    I spend too much time on social media and don’t get my daily chores done. Because I have been waiting for the coming of Nemisis and Nibiru for 62 years, of course, I have sites that I visit that tell me what is happening in space. Nibiru was next to the sun, but now it is coming towards Earth and my attention goes there first. Then, I go outside and take my own pictures of the sun to compare. Then I check email. On facebook, I have friends that I know in real life and family that I know in real life. I have Immortal Pirate’s family, too. So, my on-line person is exactly who I am in real life.

    My phone is another thing altogether. I used to have my iphone with me at all times because I had daily contact with Immortal Pirate and neighbors, However, when I moved from California to Arizona it was time to change to an Arizona number. I simply took over the phone that Immortal Pirate’s late wife used to carry. It is an old flip-phone, but I don’t really need a phone for much of anything. Friends and family are on line. Immortal Pirate is right here beside me. My phone is always in another room, maybe lost. I take it with me when Immortal Pirate and I are shopping, just in case we lose each other in the store isles. I don’t like having to ask strangers if they have seen a tall man that looks like an old Sea Captain, or a tall thin Santa Clause. Sometimes, the only calls on my phone are conversations that are like this: “I am in the vegetables. Where are you?” , “I am getting water.” My phone has become unimportant to me.

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      @ladybarbara can you describe your voice and your laugh? this would be nice imagery to put to the stories you tell.

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      • ladybarbara 2 years ago

        @Scarlett My voice is like a story readers voice. I have been asked to read stories to children’s classes because I can do voices. My laugh can be gentle, but is usually a childish laughter that startles the cats and I laugh all the way down to my shoes. I laugh easily and my laugh will make my friends say, “Shhhhh… control yourself.”

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        Scarlett 2 years ago

        @ladybarbara that is just as I thought it should be!

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      • ladybarbara 2 years ago

        @Scarlett We went shopping at the Halloween Store for costume ideas to add to our wardrobes. I let out an evil witches laugh. No one noticed because it sounded like part of the store sound system of spooky sounds.

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  5. Gina 2 years ago

    I obviously come here, but I am visiting this site less and less. I am only on one other social media site, and I am on there about as much as here; just a portion of my day. I am me on both sites. I can’t pretend to be anything other than myself. I also post photos to Flickr, but I don’t converse with people there anymore. I go on FB with my sister-in-law’s account just to look at family photos.

    I must take my phone with me everywhere as it is a work phone, and I am on call. If I wasn’t on call, I would not have that thing with me. It is handy for directions. It is terrible for looking at news, which I need to stop doing as often as I do. I have a new car, so it’s cool that that thing can connect my iTunes with my car stereo. I can’t stand it when people are looking at their phone when they are with me. It’s the rudest thing to do. I do not take calls driving, even though I have a hands-free system now, and I don’t use the phone while eating. If I must take a call while in a restaurant for work, I step outside. If the call is important enough, that is what Voice Mail is for. My outgoing VM is: “I am not in a place safe enough to answer the phone. Please leave a message.”

    They want to add a cell phone tower on the Lodge at Mount Rainier National Park. I hope they don’t do it. The people that want it say it can help in rescue efforts. That’s what GPS is for. You buy a frinking little GPS if you climb the mountain. Being disconnected while in a National Park is one of the benefits of visiting the park. People are actually looking at nature, and chatting with each other instead of staring at their god damn phones.

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      @Gina what kind of car did you get? I am mostly me, too. I would say 98 percent me. I may change a few names, dates, places to protect the innocent. I think gps is the greatest thing ever invented, especially how you can avoid highways and take the scenic route

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      • Gina 2 years ago

        @Scarlett We got a Nissan Sentra. We really wanted another VW Jetta diesel to run biodiesel, but they are hard to find; or too expensive. We needed a car that was reliable, but we didn’t want to spend $20,000+ on a brand new car. We bought our car from Enterprise Rent a Car. They only sell the cars that were treated well, and haven’t been in any accidents. The rest of the them go to the dealers. They are all under 40,000 miles. We got a 2015 for $14,000 and it had 38,000 miles on it. We bought it on my hour lunch break. The easiest car purchase ever. We will never buy from a regular dealer again. I heard Hertz Rent a Car has the same program.

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  6. immortal_pirate 2 years ago

    1. Social media: what percentage of time do you spend on social media? Too much, it has become an addiction, worse than any drug.
    What kind of people do you follow? On Facebook: like minded people of the right of center political bent, for good or bad that’s just what it is.
    When you go on social media, do you create a “second” self as the virtual you, or are you fairly true to who you are? I am who I am, The Immortal Pirate. Others have their opinion of me good or bad and I have the truth…

    As for my cellphone…it’s just a tool, like a blade or a gun, just a tool I carry in my pocket. I don’t let it rule my life. I only use it when I wish to communicate over distances too far for my voice to be heard face to face. If I leave the house without it, oh well…

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      @immortal_pirate yeah, I do think the social media sites can become a compulsion, a feeling of having to always be connected or check something. I don’t remember what we were always checking before we had email, texts, and social media. Were we checking anything?
      I get slightly anxious if I am without my phone, but I like to think its because I think my kids may need me.

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      Scarlett 2 years ago

      @immortal_pirate I remembered! There was a phone number I used to call as a child, it was called time and temperature! Thats what I was checking.

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  7. Jear77 2 years ago

    The virtual world has its time and place. I need to spend a LOT less time there

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  8. 2Thrash 2 years ago

    1. Some days a lot, and others not. I would guess i spend anywhere from 15-45 minutes a day on it. I’ve been trying to finish this response for a few days. I’m pretty much myself on social media. First time real interaction is probably when I’m least myself. But if someone knows me they know I’m the same on social media.

    2. I forget my phone a lot. I lost my last phone because I forgot it on top of a car and remembered until I’d driven about an hour or so.

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