am I overusing technology ?

Even though I felt happy reading this quote from a make marketing history blogpost last week:

…New Geeks may use the internet to meet people online but they also meet them in real life. They are twice as likely as reluctant users of new technology to regard “hitting the town” as enjoyable entertainment and 60 per cent of them describe themselves as extrovert, compared with 49 per cent of US adults…

I felt scared when I read this essay on “virtual friendship and the new narcissism”.

Are (all) my community profiles a PR stunt for myself ? am I overusing technology because I am afraid of missing out on something?. Am I an extrovert narcisist? – maybe… in a good way…

Since I have begun my “online life” I have increasingly worked with keeping my “real” friendships intact. However as I expand my online network it’s hard for me to keep up with the people that are not “always” online as I am…

but are my “virtual friends” – indeed my “friends” ?

I would say yes.. and no. they are my network friends. I wouldn’t invite all of them to parties. I wouldn’t talk with them everyday if I wasn’t connected online to them. But most of them are people I have met in person. Somewhere at some point.

So they are my network friends. None of them are strangers to me…

read the essay – it’s mind provoking and good =)

via Kriisp (in danish)

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