How has our relationships with computers changed over time? It can be hard to say for certain. There are a few elements that we definitely know are different; the way we get our news, the way we communicate with our friends, and the way we spend our free time.
Facebook And News
I know that I personally use Facebook primarily on my computer as well as my phone. And I have stopped checking the local news outlets to get my news for the day. If anything crazy happens, I know that SOMEBODY will post about it. Therefore, I get all my news from Facebook. However, I have noticed something distressing lately, and that is the fact that people have begun posting bogus news stories from sensationalist blogs that are merely trying to get clicks to drive traffic and presumably make money or push some agenda. I’m speaking specifically about the news story that was circulating about radiation from Japan that was mistakenly using a tsunami wave graph as evidence for the spread of nuclear waste.
Defending Your Identity
There are some other things that have been worrying me lately as well…such as the evidence that malware could even turn on your webcam without the light going on, allowing others to spy on you. I found this revelation to be terrifying, and I have since covered my lens with a band-aid. The importance of protecting your computer from malware is even more prominent today than ever before. Blogs such as StevenCahill.net and other similar sites have helped me figure out just how I should protect my computer from the outside elements.
Does anyone watch TV anymore? I don’t think so. All my friends now watch Netflix. It’s an addiction and you have everything that you want, when you want it. You could binge watch an entire TV series in a few days. I’m not so sure this is such a great thing, but que sera sera. It’s the future, and the future is now. Personally I’ve been watching episodes of New Girl on the regular as it is a nice relaxing break for me.