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Mariana Soffer (F, 47)
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I am an artificial intelligence researcher, studied in California a Master in Information Science and specialized in Genetic research there. Currently I am doing research on NLP (natural language processing), particularly in the opinion mining area. I am also interested in neuroscience, Buddhism, literature, music, anthropology among other things.
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    Personal Information Disclosure
    Project: Polytopia
    Most people are well aware of the undesirable consequences that making their personal lives public can bring, nevertheless they keep publishing about it. Here are several possible reasons that might explain why they do it:

    To stay close with friends and family members who live far away: Social networking permits folks to stay in contact with relatives who live in different cities. College students, sibling in different states and countries and family members who are only on vacation for a few weeks can all find value in being an affiliate of different social media portals. They can stay in touch more often than they usually would without the simplicity of being connected in an internet network.

    To help construct their own narratives: Narratives are an often ignored aspect of psychology , though they are essential for us and are fundamental for providing us with a framework in which we can reconstruct our memories and think about the future. Narratives of the life stories we tell ourselves help to make sense of our lives.

    Because they feel the need for more human contact: Social networking sites actually appears to reduce loneliness and improve well-being, as was reported as long ago as 2002 in the Journal of Social Issues, People who have difficulties with conventional socializing, such as those with Asperger's syndrome, experience great benefits.

    To connect with people who have similar interests: Facebook created it's "Community Pages" for people to connect more easily with others on the social network who share similar interests. It will serve as an alternative to the official Facebook Pages for businesses, organizations and public figures. The aim is to let people create unofficial pages around topics, themes or ideas that don't fit easily in narrowly tailored Facebook Groups.

    To achieve fame: There's little doubt that the Internet supports new kinds of publicity, enabling average people to develop audiences and speak broadly while also giving those who know how to build an audience new tools in which to do so. This is part of what makes Twitter such a fascinating phenomenon. And Twitter has become a space for celebrities, micro-celebrities, wanna-be-celebrities, and all of their fans.

    To form part of a community where they feel respected and appreciated: In social media we can recognize how highly respected bloggers receive respect from others. In parallel to honor cultures, where public reputation is more important than one’s self esteem, bloggers achieve huge respect within their community.

    To maintain relationships with people they meet offline: Social networking sites are a poor alternative to real-world socializing, but they can help people stay in touch.
    Build on self-confidence: this can be attained through interacting with tweeps who continuously praise your tweets, personality,knowledge and/or looks.

    To transmit personal experiences that they feel can be valuable for others.

    Wed, May 12, 2010  Permanent link
    Categories: privacy, public lives, social networks
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    Fast T     Thu, May 13, 2010  Permanent link
    And perhaps in addition to all of these, to extend, experiment and participate in a perceptive change about information, knowledge, sharing and the blurry nature of 'personal' , 'public' 'shared' and a whole array of concepts that pertain to our self-description.
    bp_1320     Sat, May 29, 2010  Permanent link
    it is a fascinating phenomenon... drawing us closer together while at the same time establishing barriers to real physical contact or human interaction.
    Mariana Soffer     Tue, Jun 1, 2010  Permanent link
    FasT: Very interesting addition to the proposed list, thanks a lot for it, your proposal is great because it broadens the boundaries of the other proposals, it is also less restrictive cause it talks about a more ample spectrum, less limited, of the concepts used to define the reasons.


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