Times have changed a lot! I really like the technology era we live at. I can't imagine my life without computer, internet, washing machine, refrigerator, etc... And I think so do you. But new changes bring new habits and if we don't manage them appropriately we can have bad consequences. I’ve posted some cartoons that provoke critical thought about the technology influence on people’s lives. In order to make the discussion easier I have divided the internet influences in 18 categories. Here they are:
1. Good manners
3. Social Relationships
5. Sleep Deprivation
6. Teenagers Social Ineptitude
7. Feeling of Inaptitude
8. Elderly Adaptation to Technology
9. Less Family Time
12. Impersonal Customer Service
13. Internet Addiction
14. Time Wasting
15. Bad Scores
18. Self Knowledge
I know that is too much for seeing at once. So, you can read them (not exactly read because most of them are cartoons) during the week. As you see them, think about one pro and one con of technology, especially internet, or how you feel about it. Later post a comment, please. Your colleagues will be happy to see it. Don’t worry if you make some language mistakes. This is a community of English learners. Even natives misspell words when they write on the internet. However, it’s better to write your comment on a Word document first. Some followers have complained that when they submit their comments they disappear, the coments of course, hehehe! As we’re going to see, technology is not always reliable, so it is better to prevent it. Here we go.
Imagine how disturbing would it be living in a place that every moment people announced on speakers what they're doing or thinking. It would be like that:
That is what people do on Facebook and Twitter. Is there any problem telling about your actions and thoughts to others? No, there isn't. However, the boundary between what is appropriate and inappropriate it isn't clear, and some cross the line. Watch the video below and decide by yourself what would be the limit.
That is another consequence of modern life; people have lost the parameters for what is called good manners, etiquette or politness. See how easy is to lose the notion of good manners.
So, mind your manners on the internet.
When it is done on the internet, it just looks like a play, but unhappily it's not. The effect is the same as it were on the real life. How would you feel in a situation like the one below?
Unhappily the consequences of playing with cyberbullying are so serious that North American people created a word for naming one of these consequences: bullycide.
The term Bullycide is a * portmanteau word first used by Neil Marr and Tim Field in their book Bullycide: Death at Playtime. It refers to suicide attributable to the victim having been bullied. The term has come to prominence during the highly publicized teenage suicides in the
in the latter part of 2010. However the term has been used prior to 2010. USA
In response to 2010 deaths an online event, Spirit Day, was created for 20 October
2010 in which participants wore purple items to signify opposition to bullying of LGBT people.
Legal analysts criticize the term because it links a cause with an effect under someone else's control.
Bullycide has also been defined as the killing of the bully by the victim.
Research shows those who are bullied have a higher probability of considering or performing suicide than those who are not.
* portmanteau (noun) a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings ("`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'")
Bullycide: Death at Playtime
by Neil Marr & Tim Field
Available in paperback or ebook download from
What is a twitter bot?
It is a contraction of robot, which is apt, as they work automatically or by scheduling or programming. They are very easy to create, and usually collect website links, RSS feeds or Twitter posts and then feed them to Twitter. This term is also used on computing for naming a computer program that works automatically, especially one that can find information for you on the Internet.
The most common auto feeders are Twitterfeed, SocialOomph, Ping.fm, Google, Twittelator or via an API. There are many others. Luckily Twitter has made the origin of a Tweet very clear on the ‘Home’ screen of a user’s Twitter page.
So some of the tweets we receive can come from a bot, not a person that is interested in us.
INEPTITUDE (noun) the quality or state of being inept.
Ineptitude is related to the adjective inept that means:
1. not suitable to the time, place, or occasion : inappropriate often to an absurd degree.
2. lacking in fitness or aptitude : unfit, e.g: inept at sports
e.g.: Ineptitude is frequent on internet, for example, racism, cyberbullying, pornography, etc.
3. lacking sense or reason : foolish
So on this cartoon the word used is ineptitude because some teenagers fail into the ability of fitting appropriately to social relationships.
FEELING OF INAPTITUDE
Although the words inaptitude and ineptitude can sometimes be used interchangeably they have different meanings.
INAPTITUDE (noun) lack of aptitude; lack of talent or ability.
☺don’t confuse aptitude with attitude, they’re different words.
Inaptitude comes from the word aptitude, that means: natural ability that makes it easy for you to do something well. E.g.:
One of the greatest problems in our country is the Government’s inaptitude to improve the education system.
So on this cartoon the word inaptitude is used instead of ineptitude because the man doesn't have the necessary ability to use computers.
I've just listed some cons, because they're not so obvious as the pros. Internet has a lot of advantages. Post a comment about at least one pro and one con or how you feel about it. We eager to hear from you.
By Vivian Barone