Today’s Personalized Internet Looks Back at You When You Look

Your personalized internet remembers and analyzes every move you make

When you look at things on personalized Internet search engines, your own social media, your cell phone, and GPS navigation tool, they’re looking back at you, recording electronically all kinds of personal information about your likes, political beliefs, friends, phone contacts, where you are, and where you go, a new book says.

Mathematical formulas (algorithms) turn that personal information into an electronic profile of your likes, dislikes, habits, and beliefs, and those of your friends. They turn the information into money by creating a profile of you, and sending

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By Hannah – Slowing Down and Being With Me

Having fun being with me

Until recently, I could lose myself in the Internet, but I ddn’t feel like it. I could flip my screen to another window, glance at lines of text, pretend to read, and get into a mode where I learn and absorb nothing, only a sense of urgency and overwhelm.

I don’t think human beings evolved to represent our thoughts in multiple words and paragraphs at the drop of a hat. Maybe this technology allows us to say more than we can truly establish for ourselves. Maybe I can’t just conjure up a representation of

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We Need Communities Other Than “Mental Health Ghettos”

"Ghettos" by Ghetto Kid

People with diagnoses still suffer illegal discrimination in housing because they can’t prove a property owner is refusing to sell or rent to them because of their disability or mental condition. They often pay more for poor housing in less desirable neighborhoods than non-diagnosed people do for better housing.

They cluster in the town’s poorest, most dangerous neighborhoods, or in low-cost housing projects that accept the government housing vouchers nicer developments refuse. Housing discrimination is one of the reasons people with mental health diagnoses are victims of violent crimes 6 to 23 times more often

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Learning Social Media for Baby Boomers, Part 2

Starting on Facebook and Twitter If You’re Over 60 Tip 1: Get a “Kid Mentor” to Teach You

My Facebook and Twitter "Kid Mentor," Corinna West, 37 (Left)

You can create free Facebook and Twitter accounts free on your computer by following directions on your screen. Get comfortable with one before you start the other. I ignore Linked-In. I don’t have time for three social media.

Many people over 60, like me, have learned the basics on Twitter and Facebook, but don’t get the full benefit. Others don’t use them at all. Many are afraid to try. Others have

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Learning Social Media for Baby Boomers, part 1

Learning Social Media Tips for Boomers, Part 1 Learning Social Media If You Weren’t Born Using the Internet

Learning Social Media : Facebook is Easiest, Most Fun and Useful

If you weren’t born in the computer era, social media might be intimidating. With any new Internet technology, I sometimes I think I might break the computer, or never figure out how to make the programs do what I want.

I was born in the Post-World War II Baby Boom, 1948. I started learning social media on the Internet when I was 45, an old dog who had to learn

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