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Monday, August 29, 2011

Technology and Emotions

What role does technology play in emotional upheaval of a person?

What role Facebook / social media plays in emotions of a person who is present in his country / away from country?

Emotion is a mental state in which a person feels a sense of neediness, belonging to a certain object. This object could be a living being, a physical object, a memory of a feeling in the past etc. An object could be any abstract as well physical entity. So emotions are a result of the attachment that arises due to the feeling of dependency on this object. Is it absolutely necessary to have this kind of object to be in place for feeling emotional? Yes. Can we control our emotions by being aware that such an object exists. May be.

Emotions need a vent to get expressed. Different mediums of expressions exist. Such as bodily expressions, physical expressions, abstract expressions, virtual expressions. Technology allows an instant solution to vent out the expressions and reach them to the concerned people.

Facebook or any social networking site, where people lose open their expressions is an excellent mass medium for such tasks. Twitter goes one step further, and allows the expressions in a more concise manner by sticking to 128 character format.

I wonder what would be the next tweak in the medium of social media to allow people a better way to express themselves. Perhaps a different type of "Emoticons", or visual social network, which will allow emotions to be expressed in a visual way. Smaller is the new better.

Here is an idea whose time has arrived.

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