In reading Andrew’s post about Being Critical of NGL and the week 7 material I started thinking about the downside of NGL. My father is an x-policeman and abhors the amount of technology we have and how people walk down the street with their heads in the phones and don’t engage anymore. I kind of roll my eyes every time he digs up the same tired old speech but I think there is something in it. He believes that we are loosing the ability to look someone in the eyes and ‘communicate’, build relationships and speak the truth.
‘We never had these gadgets. You looked a man in the eye and you could tell if he was lying.’
It’s something to think about.
In reading Andrew’s post about Deb’s post, and discussion on the phenomenon of ‘homophily’. I couldn’t help think about my old Greek neighbour. I recall living next to a Greek couple. The man came over from Greece and had been in Australia for fourteen years. I was surprised that his English was quite poor. It turned out that he worked with other Greek men in the Greek community, all of his friends were Greek and he only spoke Greek at home. The result was that his English never grew. I guess that this is basically the same – if we are surrounded by people with similar skill sets, beliefs and opinions – we don’t grow as humans.
Here’s a video I found on the homophily and the effect on the workplace. It goes in the history of homophile.
‘Similar people tend to build relationships than dissimilar people…’
However, in the abstract Investigating Homophily in Online Social Networks the authors question whether homophile really exists in social media;