So it is true. There are gremlins on my smartphone slowly draining it of life. According to Samuel Gibbs from The Guardian the Facebook app is draining your phone of life, well power anyway. He documents a short at home test that shows that the Facebook app is zapping life from his iphone, whereas the Facebook mobile site, accessed via Safari is both user friendly and not has demanding on your phone battery.
This news may not have made your day, as no lives were saved. But I am thankful that there are other interested people dedicating time to improving the tech tools we use and take for granted each day.
Ever thought of giving up Facebook? I have had different ideas about Facebook over the last few years – see here and here. In this article from The Age (15/7/13) Neha Prakash offers 8 valid reasons for considering unplugging and disconnecting. I wonder if it may be the internal, subconscious motivations of our heart that allow us to continue using Facebook, unalarmed or uncritical of the real impact it is having on our life. But if we are being honest, the motivation to deactivate your Facebook account is strong.
Some of the stand out ideas include:
On average, women spent 81 minutes per day Facebooking, and men spent 64 minutes.
Facebook is like a credit card – it encourages you to overspend in time you may not have.
Facebook users, especially females, feel more body conscious by looking at friends’ online photos.
Facebook envy also bolsters gossip and online bullying, which can only make those involved feel worse.
So this week, at the start of a new school term it seems pertinent that I review and perhaps EDIT my online interactions. EDIT – how I use Facebook.
This is somewhat overwhelming no? The App store is an endless source of possibilities. Only today over lunch with a few girlfriends I heard of apps that calculate your calorie intake and plan your route for your next run. Do you have many apps that are really useful on your devices?
I enjoy Instagram ( cute instant photo app), Redstamp ( easy to use invite/letter maker), HomeBudget ( home finance records), Pulse (organisational tool for all of my blogs and news reading) and of course the Facebook/ebay mobile apps. Of course there are many that are designed to entertain the kids. What do you use?
Do you have a must have app that you would like to share?
So I am a bit slow on the uptake of Pinterest. After watching every blogger I follow and friends on social media adopt this online pin board with vigour I have finally succumbed. For a girl who loves inspiration, magazine and new things it is perfect. And conveniently is it a way for me to collate all the things that I find and want to revisit on a rainy day. Using a FB platform Pinterest allows you to pin pics that you like around a range of topics of your choosing. Food, Family. Fashion. Craft. Photography. Design. This list is endless. It is helping me plan a quilt and a bathroom decoration.
If you want to find out more read all about it here. At the moment it is fun and a way of connecting like minded people but I can imagine it being useful for education and for interests groups as a way of sharing things. Could it be a new application for teaching and learning? A tool for the classroom. Just asking…..
“Friendship is wonderful when you can get it, but it is frequently hard to come by…There is a real sense in which that technology can foster friendship… And yet as good as the technology is…the danger with friends today is that we have friends everywhere and friends nowhere. We have a lot of relationships but how many friendships? We have more acquaintances than ever before, we have more people in our networks than ever before, we are known by more people and can know more people than ever before and yet have no friends.” Kevin de Young
I found this quote on Nicole Whitacre’s blog challenging. This week I am determined to review technology in my life and the life of our family. So thinking about friendship and the role it plays in social media like Facebook is an interesting one don’t you think? How many FB friends do you have? Do you know what they are up to? When was the last time you spoke to then, saw them face to face, messaged them? Who are the people you interact with online but don’t mind ignoring in the street?
I know the blog world unveils ‘friends’ followers from all over the globe. But are they friends? Will technology ever foster real friendship?
I think it was 2 weeks ago …..that I shut down my Facebook page. Again.
I did enjoy using it to spruik the blog and have people actually read it and leave a comment or two.
But I have to be content to blog and post the odd family snap and not demand an audience.
So now I have no news of those friends in the UK, family in the USA and my own siblings who live around the country. The bonus is that I also don’t have the annoying info of the friends of friends in my local town. But I no longer hear the everyday happenings of a few key people we know doing os mission. And a few whose banter I am fond of….
Did I make a bad choice? Do you love Facebook? Hate it? Are you a slave to it?
I am rethinking all this technology stuff. And love this promo for Tim Challies new book. It is very funny. And very poignant.
So if you stop by here regularly you will notice a few changes. Yes, it looks different. Blogger has made many new advances since my humble days starting the blog. I started several years ago using this as a tool with my Lit class and it worked – in a fashion. The personal rant that is this blog is much more fun. I love using my digital SLR and playing with pics and adding a few words. Many of you have said it has been a good way of keeping in touch and I suspect I will send e-cards/Xmas letters this year with a link to 6mouths2feed.
Do you like the new look? IF I get more time I will add more ideas in the sidebar and maybe more pics. But it is a time waster.
Just like FACEBOOK! Companies all over the world are paying for employees to be networked while ignoring their job. How do you have time to write on walls, send gifts, pokes and so on?? I would love your opinion on facebook. You can find me there, just….by accident really.