Disconnected – Life OFFline

It’s always been an irony…for someone whose work is almost completely online, I sure am not very mobile online. Why? If you are freelancer, you would know where this is heading. Who wants to take their work everywhere with them, raise your hand?

But we live in an internet age, how do we actually disassociate ourselves with our online world, in this case? Here are some ideas on how to LIVE without having to post a status update on Facebook, Tweet, comment on someone’s post or ‘like’ anything.
 
It looks good but could it be true?

Ever been on Facebook checking out your friends’ statuses, new photos and links only to find yourself absolutely green with envy? Why wasn’t it YOU who just got married to the handsomest, wealthiest, most loving man in the world? Why wasn’t it YOU who took that awesome vacation to somewhere exotic? Why wasn’t it YOU who just won the jackpot?

If ever you are in a discussion with that very same person face-to-face, you would know that there is more to it than what you see on Facebook. We are all inclined to post up our best online. Who would want to post something about a botched dinner? No one, really, unless that person is an abysmal person looking for sympathy.

We post our best online…just remember that so that you don’t end up wallowing in self pity and feel unworthy, useless and totally ugly.

Face to face interaction is still crucial

Despite the overall amazing-ness of everything online, there remains to be an intense need for us to associate with other human beings…face to face. Human beings who are too reliant on online communication may end up feeling depressed about their non-lives. There will come a time that they discover that they no longer know how to express themselves with another person face-to-face. Which is a pity.

Don’t load everything up on your mobile phone

Sure, it is very convenient to bring the internet with you on your phone but….do you WANT TO? If you do, you have to be ready for your boss to find you everywhere you go. You may have to deal with writing reports on your cell phone too. Not much fun. The same goes for messaging systems. If you have your boss on Skype, don’t load Skype. Use a secondary phone number and load a WhatsApp application to communicate with your friends and give the number out to only people you want to connect with.

Live in the real world

Draw a line between your online world and your offline one. As important as the internet is for all of us (me included), we are not cyber beings. We are human beings and human beings need to live in the real world.

Social Media Trends That Are Huge This Year

Introduction

There was a time when television, newspapers and radio were the only forms of advertising products and services. But social media, which gave birth a decade ago have revolutionised the very game and concept of global marketing as well sharing information. There is a great deal of impressive data available on popular websites such as Facebook and other media platforms for influencing sales and other modes of communication. So, it is no wonder that many companies want to capitalize on this integral part of internet traffic.

Let us take a look at some of the social media trends that are huge this year. Here is a list of the game changes that may happen in 2017 –

1. Social Messaging

Private social messaging has become the norm of the day and the best examples can be seen in the tribute given to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. In recent times, the trendy population have taken to more usage of messaging apps than using the social networks. In 2017, we can see more similar apps making a mark.

However, they will bear the brand name of large conglomerates or start-ups which will create groups of their own for popularizing their products.

2. Fake News

Nearly 20 billion people in the globe are tuned to the internet at some point in their daily lives. To garner more likes and shares, there are people/companies/channels who spread fake news and inaccurate information to enhance their popularity.

The incident which would not have been forgotten by readers will be the 2016 Presidential election in US where inaccurate information about candidates were widely circulated on all media platforms. Every platform will take some harsh steps to curb this negative activity.

3. Augmented Reality

It was Snapchat who brought the concept of breath taking augmented reality to the social media thro’ its selfie lenses. The app of Pokémon Go became very popular in 2016. Similarly, other platforms will also make headway to the same sphere in 2017.

4. Chatbots

Agreed, chatbots are still in their early stages but this artificial intelligence tool can respond quickly to questions and comments of customers. Social media websites are going all out to include this tool in their platforms to prevent the customers going to another website.

Conclusion

Only four trends are covered in this article, but experts estimate there will be the highest number of changes in the tools used in similar platforms. For more social media updates and current trends, do not forget to subscribe to our website.

The Pros and Cons of Social Networking

The recent news of the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook for a whopping £19 billion may have stumped many but for the millions who are hooked on to software applications that make many day-to-day tasking simpler and faster, that’s just more ‘cool’ news! No doubt Facebook realized the usefulness of the app and the immense potential it offered by way of reach and popularity, especially by the game changers, Gen-Next.

A few decades ago, the Internet was in its infancy and it has completely revolutionized the way the world functions, both personally and professionally. Until a few years ago the concept of social networking was a revolutionary idea that would not have had many takers.

The Internet Revolution

But the scene has been transformed dramatically; almost everyone on the planet has heard of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace besides many others that are in daily use. While the Internet and software packages provided the way for people to communicate with each other, these social networking sites have made it possible for old friends and schoolmates to reconnect, forged new friendships across generations, provided a platform for sharing and arguing views and viewpoints from food to fashion, pets to people, upload photos of almost anything that people wish to share and so much more.

But simply taking everything new at face value does not augur well for humankind. And here’s why.

There are many disadvantages equaling the advantages of the Web, social networking and dependence on technology, but it’s worth the time to examine a few that come up front.

Social Media – its Pros

1. New social connections – More adults have increasingly used social networking sites to connect with family and friends; the other category is the teens, where new friendships across peer groups and seniors are established.

2. More interaction and sharing of information on school work – students use the Internet to gather information, discuss school projects and help each other thus being able to absorb more information on a wider range of subjects.

3. Ensure better quality of life – in earlier days, there was no pool of information that people could have access to and depended on word of mouth to know details. All that has now changed. People are more willing to share information on their experiences, both good and bad on social sites; several health support groups and advocacy groups enlighten people on critical health issues, civic issues, political issues and many others so that people are better informed.

4. Advertising forum – Virtually every opportunity of employment, job sourcing and recruitment besides volumes of sales & marketing, product launches and updates are available making it easier for people to read, review and decide products, brands, companies and many more that they would like to be associated with.

5. Increased awareness and prosecution of criminal activities – World over police and law enforcement officials are using social media and networking sites to track offenders and criminals who commit audacious crimes and use technology to cover their tracks.

Social media – the Cons

1. Social media sites have upstaged print and other publications as news sources over the last few years.

2. As much as a student using the Internet and other sites to gather information is welcomed, the downside is that too much dependence on electronic information gives hardly any mental or intellectual exercise of thinking powers to seek, question and gather information. Recent studies show that students who are practically tuned in to social media sites most of the time lag behind peers who are better informed and more knowledgeable on many issues.

3. The ratio of misinformation on the Web is too much to put a figure to. The spread of news, mostly unverified and unauthentic, is rampant and there is no process to check the growth of websites, blogs and other forums that provide information and supposedly unsolicited advice on a host of topics from careers to personal relationships, lifestyle habits and nutritional health supplements, medical bulletins and many more. People tend to lean on the belief that whatever information is there on the Net, it must be authentic, which is not always the case.

4. The total absence of one-on-one communication between families, friends and colleagues is seen as direct fallout of social media usage. People use technology to convey views and messages and generally anything that they are unable to say face to face from behind the cover of a tech gadget, leading to miscommunication and misunderstanding. What can be simply but effectively said in a few words now takes the guise of shortened, cryptic text messages.

5. Corporate companies lay the blame for less productivity at work on social media platforms and sites that cause a lot of useful time to be wasted. Surveys at many work places show that nearly 40% of workers spend time visiting online stores, shopping, playing games and chatting with friends from their desks.