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csno01csno01 Posts: 50Member Courageous
Hi everyone,
What is your preferred method of Communication are you an old school forum user or do you prefer to use Social Media? I am just asking because I find  online communities are now more popular with social networks then online forums (which they once were). I find this both sad and downgrading as not everyone is comfortable with posting on Facebook, I for one definitely isn't - hence others being able to read everything you post. Well, almost everything. 
I remember back in the day RNIB had an online community for students which i used to use a lot. These days there appears to be more of facebook and fewer stand alone communities. My question is are we better off posting and sharing ideas here or can we use Facebook to exchange information and make connections? What dos and don'ts do you have in place for your online communities. I apologies if my question is not 100 clear. 

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  • susan48susan48 Posts: 2,227Member Disability Gamechanger
    I was on Facebook, private settings, but not anymore.
    It makes my mental health worse and paranoia extreme.
    My way of communication is here, people with knowledge of things to help, support me.
    i feel, each to their own but I’d rather have this site as people judging me.
    my personal opinion though 
  • susan48susan48 Posts: 2,227Member Disability Gamechanger
    And hopefully I can help, support other people too, it’s not just about me x
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  • csno01csno01 Posts: 50Member Courageous
    Some interesting responses. I am aware Scope has a fb page although I am aware it is just for marketing.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2018
    That's answered my query on what is social media. No don't use it. If genuine friends want to contact me they have many ways in which they can do so. 
    Carrier pigeon supplied if necessary. 

    I have an off button, social media doesn't appear to and is becoming a modern day addiction. 

    When was the last time you wrote a letter (Tuesday) before this last year!
    When was the last time you telephoned someone ( today) before that few weeks ago
    When was the last time you text ( just now) before that just before the just now. 


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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    I try to meet a friend as well. I live dangerously and order something different off the menu. My instinct is but I always have......
    I don't really do change to be fair. Bit of an odd bod. Winter clothes to summer is hard work as is changing back. Don't start me on the snow. I couldn't go out at all, though they were saying unless you needed to. 
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  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,903Member Disability Gamechanger
    No thank you social media 
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  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    No thank you social media 
    Ditto.
    Life is isolating enough. I need to speak to people not sit liking at written words. 
    Do not follow me, I don't know where I am going.
  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @Victoriad I have not been there for about18 years I loved the restaurant :) mmmmmmm memories
    I do a little of social media as my family and friends are all over the place so it helps keep in touch we normally agree time to get a cuppa and skype lol I have folk who come to my house daily for a cuppa and there are a few friends I post letters to still as they dont have many people in their lives and I do that so they get something nice in the post rather than just bills.

    I started out on forums mostly fox forums around a certain programme in the 90's so felt happy emailing and forums so when social media came out I never really got on board. Although I have the account for one of them, I do not use it often as I am fed up seeing peoples breakfast, or their duckface or every new face their children pull.

    I do worry about next generation, not just spelling and grammar, also their inability to read a situation or body language. I had taken my children to mcdonalds and every cubicle I looked at, had people looking into their phones not conversing with those they were having a meal with. It is quite shocking.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @Victoriad fox tv used to have a forum on their tv shows. it was about 97 or 98 it started and I used to be on there chatting with people from all round the world I thought it was fantastic talking to people from all over the place it was brilliant.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • susan48susan48 Posts: 2,227Member Disability Gamechanger
    @fishingmum, I also worry about the younger generation using computers etc.
    I had a 10 year old say to me a few weeks ago, 
    “ I think I’m going to ask my teacher if I can get a tablet for doing my work because my writings rubbish “

    Omg, seriously!!

    I said, the reason you think your  writing isn’t so great is because you don’t practice enough, your too busy on your phone and tablet. practice makes perfect.
  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @susan48 it is very true, they are losing basic writing skills and conversation skill, I have overheard children talking in text speech, they will say OMG or lol or idk and I am wondering what language they are using it will be soon enough if you can not text talk then you will lose out on many things or great deals as you don't understand :o
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    They teach children as young as two to work ipads. 
    I don't have one. 
    But then when I had a computer my parents restricted me to one hour per day. I was then expected to do something else.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    my brother in law who is a teacher, never thought he would have kids but him and his wife had a daughter and to be honest I thought he would have standards but nope, his daughter was on an ipad at age 2 (the cost alone would mean I would say no to a 2 year old having one) and he would boast about how brilliant his daughter is, how intelligent etc. she does not do that great at school but she can fair use an ipad lol. She also is extremely shy and does not talk to people but that ipad she is fine with.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @Victoriadit yes but to what cost. The way I am looking at this, the more that goes to a.i. and machine made, the more people out of work, the more out of work the more pressure on the system we currently have, at some point it will crash. Thats the worrying point, for especially those who are vulnerable, those who can not work etc those people will be the worst off. My oldest does coding, and programmes computers for games etc I just can not see how this will be OK at the rate it is changing to computing only living.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    Those who cannot work already are living in poverty. 
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    @whistlesI know but how much worse can it get, at the moment, there is a basic safety net (which is failing already and not enough to live on it is just surviving on) It will end up being poor houses again. I really do feel the future will be more bleak at this rate.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    If we don't stop and look at what tech is doing to the next generation, and sucking in this one,  no one will be unable to live as a human and so we won't need a system. We will all be in la la land and back in the asylums and work house. 

    One advert I saw on TV about a product said- " there is no escape"  and that's to encourage you to buy it and it's true there isn't.
    It used to be a choice.
    Just had a lengthy phone call to my phone provider who dictates what ID I  should have.
    It's a sad fact that parents are buying their children smart phones. Side topic parental controls do not work. 

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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    omg parental controls do not work as kids are more tech savvy and can bypass what we do :o
    What do you mean they told you your ID, did you not have a choice or say you would prefer something else? that is shocking
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
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  • fishingmumfishingmum Posts: 562Member Pioneering
    Victoriad said:


    Humans.....well we adapt.....perhaps more leisure time?
    and rediscovering old skills such as growing your own veg, knitting,sewing and cooking from scratch which are less heavy on the pocket...who knows but I certainly have taught my kids these skills and their dad has taught them how to fish and other country persuits.




    This is how I live, I do grow veg we catch our own fish, pick shellfish in season, I cook everything from scratch and sew and knit. So my kids have been brought up this way, my kids notice how different they are from townies. An 8 year old (my friends son who was visiting with my friend) once told my son how to commit credit card fraud and at this point my son was picking the veg for soup that he had helped plant and look after, came in asking why do people do that lol. We used to get rabbit as well, but mixy seems to have wiped most out from round here. we have quite a good community for bartering as well, we get free eggs from one neighbour my husband fixes their car, I do hair for someone and we get veg I dont grow from them.

    The more leisure time we have means the government is not making money if they are not making money then the system collapses.

    It is shocking how much has gone to other countries though, and how it is viable for them to send it so far cheaper than what we can make and build here.
    Scotland is now generating electricity, which is another thing that is employing a fair few people, but not as much as all the other jobs gone abroad over the years.
    life is too short to let others make you miserable.
  • feirfeir Posts: 358Member Pioneering
    I prefer forums as i need some kind of mental stimulation that goes beyond gossip and celeb stuff but need to not use them so much when i'm bored. Social media is ok for catching up with family and seeing how they're doing though so i use it for that.

    if you're wondering what people would do without an economy then i heard about The Venus project years ago, it still sounds good.The guy who created the idea, Jacque Fresco, thought of it because of the great depression he lived through as a child and just figured that capitalism isn't the best way of doing things.

  • whistleswhistles Posts: 1,603Member Disability Gamechanger
    omg parental controls do not work as kids are more tech savvy and can bypass what we do :o
    What do you mean they told you your ID, did you not have a choice or say you would prefer something else? that is shocking
    Apparently an account has a parental block on it. So yes it blocks certain websites but it doesn't block images.
    If you go to the play store and set up a parental block for its content, it mentions that.
    Kids are very savvy and so are the websites. 
    Do not follow me, I don't know where I am going.
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