Social networking sites give us portals into another person’s (user’s) mind, so far as that person (user) makes public their thoughts, ideas, feelings and desires. At times, we are perhaps more honest online, and especially on social networks, than we are in real life.
I am pretty certain that we can all think of a few people where there seems to be a contradiction from their introverted persona in real live to their eager to share persona online. This article looks at several recent psychology studies that help explain our ability to speak freely online.
“When the medium is impersonal, people are prepared to be personal.”
We are the Validation Generation. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Dribbble and endless other sites are powered by intoxicating feedback loops. We don’t lack for confidence, but it’s a shallow confidence built on the shifting sands of social approval, a temporary high. The pursuit of ego gratification is addictive, but unsatisfying. I know this from experience, from counting comments and checking my site traffic over the years to comparing Twitter followers.
Constantly looking for validation and approval through likes, tweets and feedback will stifle your ability to create and explore new ideas. You should fight the urge for validation just like you would procrastination or fear.
Well said Brian Bailey.
All five of these habits are easy to pick up but will squeeze out every bit of your effectiveness. The first negative habit really stands out, and I have to constantly remind myself to create more than I consume.
Consuming more than you create
Effective people tend to create a lot of content. Content can mean a lot of things - but the rule is always the same, create more than you consume. Ineffective people, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time consuming the fruits of others’ labor. They are consumate lurkers.
We’ve all been there; You’re at an outing or a dinner table with friends but itching to check your email or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Google+ or Yammer or what ever digital hit of serotonin you prefer. Have you ever “gone to the bathroom” in order to check email or come up with a socially appropriate excuse to pull out your smartphone just so you can check your @ replies on Twitter?
Spend a little bit of time looking around at any big tech gathering or conference and you can see this in action. Everyone is walking around with their eyes locked into their phones, oblivious to the crowds around. It’s an easy habit to pick up. Resist the urge.
If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.
Found on Holiday Matinee
Giles Turnbull of the Morning News takes on the “20 Craziest Job Interview Questions” list that CBS Money Watch recently published.
Facebook: Twenty-five racehorses, no stopwatch, five tracks. Figure out the top three fastest horses in the fewest number of races.
The fewest number of races is one. Just keep those suckers running round and round and round until they collapse from exhaustion. The final three make it through, the rest end up as dog food. Actually, I thought that’s how they make dog food.
Found on Kottke.org
Looking at the current Millennial generation and how they compare to the Baby Boomer and Generation X generations Brazilian research company BOX1824 created the short film “We All Want to Be Young” as a part of their 5 year study into behavioral sciences and consumer trends.
Today being normal has become boring, and in spite of neutralizing differences it is cool to express them. It is possible to be a surfer, dj, rocker, nerd, cinephile, designer at the same time. We’re talking about the most plural youth generation in history. It is a plurality which guarantees that the young can simultaneously recognize themselves even with their personal differences.
How much time do you spend consuming knowledge, inspiration, or creative stimulation in a day? This drive to consume comes at a price, and research shows that satisfaction found in the search and consuming process stimulates the brain in a similar manner as acting on real creative activity.
Are you getting your “creative rush” by simply searching and consuming, or are you creating which rewards you in the long term?
Go ahead and take a few minutes to consume the full article at The 99 Percent.
Which shape above is bouba and which one is kiki? There is a 95-98% likelihood that you will guess the same way as everyone else. Brand expressionist Blackcoffee dives into the psychology of sound symbolism and how it applies to choosing a brand’s name and visual brand elements.
Recent research in the area of economics, sociology, and physiology have uncovered surprising findings into what motivates our actions. Businesses, schools, and even parents have primarily relied on a system of rewards and punishments to trigger behavioral motives—reward good behavior and punish bad behavior. The research has found that although rewards and punishments work well for mechanical tasks it fails miserably for cognitive (critical thinking) tasks actually producing opposite behavioral results.
The three key findings in Daniel Pinks book Drive (and covered in this illustrated talk) focus on the intrinsic motivations vs. the extrinsic reward/punishment motivators.
Earlier this year I read Drive, and I highly recommend the book… especially if you find the illustrated talk above interesting.
Brand expression agency Black Coffee posted an article on the science of pattern recognition and how it relates to our perception of any brand through visual, sound, taste, touch, smell or action signals. Our mind has an incredible way of interpreting abstract symbols into meaning.
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*Illustration by Black Coffee
Although some of the results of cognitive fluency studies are somewhat as predicted, the studies have also produced interesting findings around the disfluency of a product, message, concept or design. Often by creating an element of disfluency in marketing a product, potential customers are more likely to view the product as less familiar (a positive in many instances) and far more innovative.
Read the full article discussing the research findings of cognitive fluency (and disfluency)—Easy = True | The Boston Globe.