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Adventures in social media enlightenment


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Productivity versus presence

Image by Sebastien Wiertz. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

Image by Sebastien Wiertz. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

I recently wrote about my digital spring clean. I deleted a number of my social media accounts because I felt that I was spreading my efforts too thin and also because I felt that it would help me to be more productive. Productivity is something that I worry about constantly, sometimes to the detriment of my ability to relax at the weekend and when on holiday. I always feel as though I need to be doing something productive and lately I’ve been striving to use my time even more effectively.

However, I recently came across an article about Alan Watt and his writings on happiness and living with presence, which made me question my relentless drive for productivity. Continue reading

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Does Facebook increase self-esteem or make us more depressed?

Image by Phil Shirley. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

Image by Phil Shirley. Used under a CC 2.0 license.

A few of my Facebook friends are taking part in the #100HappyDays challenge, which involves sharing a picture of something that makes you happy, every day for 100 days. It got me wondering about whether such “challenges” actually work. It also got me wondering about the role that Facebook plays in our emotional states. Does it have a positive impact on our emotions or does it create and reinforce negative feelings? Continue reading