Online Charitable Activities: Real Change or Slactivism?

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Before writing this post, I had to become more familiar with the what the term “slactivism/slacktivism” means or refers to. Performing a Google search for the term “slacktivism” brought up a clear and easy to understand definition of the term:

slack·tiv·ism ˈslaktəˌvizəm/ 
Noun informal 
Noun: slacktivism; noun: slactivism
actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause
but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an
online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website. 
“such e-mail alerts make slacktivism easy"

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My Online Addiction: Contests

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Online Contests

Exactly! Who doesn’t love free stuff? In the past couple of years, I have become an avid “contester” (not a technical term). This has all been made possible through fast internet, constant connectivity and “contesting” motivation. Paper ballots for contest entry are becoming obsolete and auto-fill on  mobile-friendly sites make for an easy contest-entry experience. Read More

Social Media Sabbatical

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I decided to attempt 48-hour social media sabbatical and then report back my experiences following this sabbatical (or attempt). I read about some other people’s experiences with unplugging (see the References links below) and had confidence in my ability to abstain for 2 days. Taking a 48-hour break from social media may sound like a simple task to some, but I quickly found out that it was an extremely difficult one for me. I chose to attempt this feat over a weekend during a trip to visit family, so figured that I would be able to refrain from social media access for a full 48 hours, but ended up failing quite miserably. Read More

Discovering (and Managing) Your Online Identity

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What is an “Online Identity”?

An “Online Identity” according to Wikipedia can be defined as “Internet identity (also called IID), or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. It can also be considered as an actively constructed presentation of oneself. Although some people prefer to use their real names online, some Internet users prefer to be anonymous, identifying themselves by means of pseudonyms, which reveal varying amounts of personally identifiable information.” Read More