The More-Hopeful Theses

Posted: March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

This report reflects the responses to the sixth Future of the Internet survey, a canvassing of experts about their attitudes on the likely future impacts of

Dr. Pamela Rutledge‘s insight:

Pew Research’s Future of the Internet Report  presents ‘The More-Hopeful Theses’ but compared to the alternative, what’s not to like? Needless to say, I steadfastly remain a glass half-full person when it comes to media and technology.  Extraordinary opportunities come from a globally and socially-networked world.  We are in control of information now in a way we never have been before.  This also demands a level of self-regulation we haven’t had to exercise. Self-regulation is the ability to behave in our long-term best interest and be consistent with our core values.  Self-regulation, it turns out, is a key factor in emotional well being because when we violate our values, we feel guilt, anxiety and shame. Therefore, the freedom of all this technology and connectivity is also an opportunity to exercise the ‘muscle’ of self-control and feel better about ourselves while reaping the benefits of 24/7 access, real time data and augmented experience.  I’d call that a win-win.

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