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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where Is Social Media Headed?

People rise up against their government because of social media, reveal their closest personal information via social media and complain about social media sites not protecting their privacy.   One thing you can say for sure about social media is that it’s full of contradictions. Just like the American people.

It wasn’t that long ago people feared that government knew too much about them. And that marketing companies were tracking their every purchase while “Big Brother” was watching their every move. Well people, you don’t have to worry about the government or marketing companies keeping tabs on your every move anymore. They don’t have to because people are freely giving that information away to anyone, and I mean anyone, who cares to know.

Why, in a society that values privacy so much, are people willing to freely tell the world what they bought, where they eat, where they are going and who they are dating?

I have a theory.  Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame and 'telling all' via social media is one way to get it. Do a Web search on Ashton Kutcher or Katy Perry and up pops all sorts of information on them. Do a Web search on yourself and guess what? Up pops all sorts of information on you.  So I guess that makes you famous.

It will be interesting to see in the months and years to come just where social media is headed. Has it peaked yet, or is the peak still to come? Will people get bored with constantly sharing with the world their every thought, photos of last Friday’s office party and their cat playing the piano?  Or will ensuring their 15 minutes of fame just be too irresistible to pass up? Only time will tell.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Guilt Free Fourth of July

Fourth of July weekend is upon us. It’s time to put down those pens and calculators and pick up a beer lemonade and a BBQ hot dog. There’s constant talk around here to stay away from candy, sugary beverages and fatty foods. But let’s be honest, this is not the weekend to do that. It’s true though, we are what we eat. When I cut soda out of my diet when I was a teen, I dropped 10 pounds in no time. 

We all need to watch what we eat and drink, and stay physically active. It’s what makes us feel better, work harder and truly live a happy healthy life. But with all that hard work of passing up the candy bars and skipping those sodas, we earn the right to splurge (but not gorge). My vegetable grain salad from Trader Joe’s yesterday was delicious, but I will be the first one in line to order a cheeseburger on my way to sit by the lake and do absolutely nothing but enjoy the sunshine and company of friends. 

So as someone who encourages everyone to eat healthy and stay active, I give you a free pass this weekend. You’re welcome. Happy 4th of July!