News Of The Tweet: Things Are About To Get Much Lonelier

Connections, exposure and extreme probability

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.

We tend to think that through social networks, we’ve somehow become more social creatures. The problem with this theory is the more we “connect” online, the less actual human interactions we have, making us, in truth, fairly unsocial.

Inspired by a book by Sherry Turkle, Alone Together and also based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article, The Invention of Being Lonely, a video by Shimi Cohen shows exactly what’s wrong with our social structure now, and how we manipulate how we want to be presented to peers, family members, and potential mates on social media, rather than having vulnerable and genuine conversations in real time. Worth a click.

However, be careful with what you click and how you try to fend off the loneliness. In Richmond, BC four young men fell victim to blackmailing scam after sending private images to women. Online conversations were struck with women who convinced them to expose themselves on webcam to unknown women. Then they were blackmailed by the women. The RCMP says, “keep private images private” and that males are at risk as much as women.

But are there bigger problems we should be dealing with? Should we be so concerned about our online presence when we are potentially eating ourselves alive?

Despite the spelling error in the title of the tweet and the article that it links to, according to a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on Friday, it’s more likely than ever that climate change is mainly being caused by human activity.

“Since the previous report in 2007, the IPCC has raised the probability that human activities, largely the constant burning of fossil fuels, have been the chief cause of global warming since the middle of last century. The term “extremely likely” has been used for the first time, which means at least 95 percent probability, up from “very likely”, or 90 percent, in the previous report. The new probability rating means that scientists are as confident that humans are causing climate change as they are that smoking causes cancer.”

The IPCC said that humans have now emitted more than half the 1 trillion ton “carbon budget” scientists have estimated to be the maximum to keep global warming to the “safe” level of under 2 degrees celsius.

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