A post on another thread offered some questions regarding robots and mental care.
This got me thinking about how human interaction has changed in the last 50 years or so. How do you behave online? Is it any different when dealing with real people face to face? Why?
Online interaction, especially on social forums, has certainly played a major factor in how humans behave towards one another. Is our attitude towards each other changing for the better because 'facebook' and it's virtual world offer us ways to be more ourselves or does it distort our behaviors because it gives people a means to express ourselves through caricatures of emotion. How much thinking is involved before you type your response in the machine. Is it reactionary? A quick tweet of emotion?
Tweeting is a good example of a quick reaction to an issue of importance to the user. Relying on an emotional response. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Is it really a good idea to 'tweet' out in this way without thinking?
These forms of communication can also be injected with larger agendas by the media on issues that affect public opinion and bias. Directing larger groups of people to think in certain ways. Allowing for categorization modeled on behavior through time with profiling.
How much positive influence do these online robots give us in our interactions with one another? I suppose that would depend on the user. I like to entertain myself just as much as anyone else. Trolling is part of that. But, the practice of learning new things and shaping my own self in a positive light plays a bigger part. I know these machines and their inner softwares are just tools. Not dictators of what I should be thinking and doing...I know that it is important to question the influences I receive from forums and to think about what I post to influence others....
Oh well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. At least that's what the old saying has programmed into my brain. Well, maybe it's a good idea to question that line of thinking....
Am I full of shit? Most certainly. I purge myself everyday just like everybody else. Hopefully what I eat doesn't poison me too much. I guess I'll just worry about what comes out of my mouth instead of what I put into it. This seems to keep things in perspective.