Does social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?


All Writings, Observations, Psychology

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat is Jumping to conclusions? Jumping to conclusions (officially the jumping conclusion bias, often abbreviated as JTC, and also referred to as the inference-observation confusion[1]) is a psychological term referring to a communication obstacle where one “judge[s] or decide[s] something without having all the facts; to reach unwarranted conclusions”.[2][3] In other words, “when I fail to distinguish between what I […]

April 4, 2018

Constructive use of social networking data through transparency


All Writings

Reading Time: 6 minutesTransparency has taken on a new meaning in our day.  It is not only limited to what a person reveals online, but also how the revealed information is collected, inter-connected, and used to derive conclusions regarding that person.  The ones doing all this work also need to show transparency, thereby revealing their motives and intentions […]

March 20, 2018

The Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story


All Writings, Government, Individual, Press This, Psychology, Society

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma Source: How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool | Technology | The Guardian Public data has become a means of dispassionately looking at humanity for […]

March 18, 2018

Is it possible to have development without taking sides?


All Writings, Blog, Government, Individual, Self improvement, Society

Reading Time: 6 minutesOne would normally consider the taking of sides as being counter-intuitive to the idea of development.  Whatever resources we have, we would want to use them in a planned, organized, and united effort to get the best possible results.  There is any number of examples of this.  In a family, when the father, mother, and […]

January 31, 2018