A Dumb Smart Phone

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Technology is supposed to make things smaller and better, often also cheaper. However, that has been anything but with the so-called “smart” phone. It’s gotten bigger with bigger screens, and now is looking at folding screens to make it thicker. It’s gotten heavier and more bulky to carry around. Most of the new features are more addictive than helpful like with apps and social media. And we’re paying more and more for it? What kind of rational product development is this? But I shouldn’t criticize unless I had a better solution, right? Well, allow me to imagine one.

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Am I More Selfish in my Independence?

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Somewhere, at some time in my life, I remember hearing some anecdotal, or weakly scientific, talk about how people who are more independent being more selfish. It was something along the lines of if you don’t let others care much about you, then you won’t care much about others. There was also something similar with loneliness, which is independence in some ways but seemingly more by circumstance than by choice, and there’s a tiny study (just 229 people) for that, which I’m not going to put any value in. Even if it were good, one has to consider one’s own situation to see if it were applicable to oneself since anyone can be the exception to the norm. That’s what being human is all about, isn’t it?

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Apple Should Make a Privacy-Enhanced Social Media Network

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Apple has been on the march to fight for better privacy requirements of people’s data on social media. They even put some action where their mouth was recently, by changing their privacy practices to have users opt in some sharing of their data via apps rather than opt out so that the default wasn’t to share their data like with many other platforms. However, if they want to be really serious about it all, they have the perfect avenue to not only do this, but also maim one of their tech rivals in Facebook, who survives on data sharing (often through targeted ads) without significant revenue stream elsewhere like Apple has with hardware, software, and more.

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Definition: Anti-social Media Repository

I’ve decide to skip the “queue” today, for order of new words and terms I have been learning and documenting via Twitter this year. It’s a term I came up with for what I’m doing, which is posting things on social media to have available fairly “universally”, but without intent to engage much in the “social” aspects of social media. That is, I’m only going to follow those with info I want to know, which is a fairly short list so as to optimize value for time, and not follow back because people follow me. I’m hardly ever going to engage in debates, Likes, retweets, or any of that stuff. I have means to do that otherwise, should I care to. That’s the “anti-social” aspect of it, which is grammatically correct as “anti-social” media, and not “anti socialmedia” in its grouping of terms. It’s really just the social media’s technical ability to be a universal repository I can point people to “cleanly” (like in one phrase or link) for which I use it.

Btw, as you can see the numeration from this tweet of 104 made yesterday, and 037 that was the previous high numeration from Jan 12, I have built quite a repository in the past week or so by fluke of what I had come across in my reading, art history studies, and podcast listening!

Definition: Socialboating


(read “so Showboating”)

Authentic showboating on social media, as in flaunting achievements, rather than just wealth or just showing yourself in a favourable light online (social peacocking) with some mundane effort.


I coined this term for the pun of it, mixing social media, showboating, and just an expression that’s “so showboating” in terms of a response fairly expected from some others. I created it to inspire people to rise above “social peacocking” and flaunt about things really worth flaunting, which are achievements. That’s what I’ll be doing this year on my Facebook posts, which will be far fewer than before because it’s not easy to be achieving everyday or even every second day!

The achievements don’t have to be huge. Maybe I’ll just finish a painting (challenging to a newbie), or finish sewing (and designing) a garment, run a marathon or shorter race, etc. But I’ll be proud of it and flaunt that pride in socialboating on Facebook and other social media.