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os·ten·ta·tious

/ˌɒstɛnˈteɪʃəs, -tən-/ Show SpelledP:[os-ten-tey-shuhs, -tuhn-]

–adjective 1. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.

Between the time it takes to put your coffee maker on and brush your teeth, you are accessible to the world through social media. The sun rises and your green light appears. Welcome to the internet. Facebook likes this.

Imagine the world ten years from now. Think back ten years prior. Technology is our revolution. Out with textile factories, in with media and processors. At this point I’d ask that you logout of your Facebook and Stumbleupon accounts. Maybe a break is what we need. Maybe there is something more to life than what we see it as now. Civility is dead, morality is a foreign concept, narcissism is at an all time high.

Perhaps I am ostentatious.

con·tra·dic·tion

/ˌkɒntrəˈdɪkʃən/ Show Spelled:[kon-truh-dik-shuhn]

–noun 1. direct opposition between things compared; inconsistency.

You might post this link to your Facebook. You might tweet it. You might read this and take nothing from it. This is deemed normal, and the reason this is, besides constant stimulation, is it triggers an identity, an anonymity. This is your chance to strike it big on a big scale. This is a tool for a person to gain acceptance and recognition. And isn’t that all we want? There becomes a heartbeat to your reputation, you are connected at the hip, it is an image of you.

What I am asking is this: Can we take a break from social networking?

The answer will vary.

This will be posted to Facebook.

That is my contradiction.

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