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Can technology be our best friend?

We are bound!

Technology is overtaking our daily lives. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, career or economic status, you are engaged with a smartphone. These devices make us forget who we are and what we are capable of, wasting our valuable time to a certain extent which can be spent with a real human being, involving emotions. The phone, computer, tablet and other high tech devices have become not just objects, but for many, those are their best companions. In real life, if we feel lonely, anxious or sad, we might seek the attention and affection of another human being to console us. What if some of the lonely people didn’t deserve a grief taker? If we argue regarding the so-called concept, there are positive impacts as well as negative impacts.

During the past, humanity yearned for fewer needs. With the evolution, these requirements became more and more complicated since the technology made a revolution. The technology and social media go hand in hand, plays a significant role in everybody’s lives. We are so much influenced by the social media nowadays, and some of them are residing in the extreme, being addicts. From the morning to the day’s end, we spend plenty of hours on social media, yet feeling isolated. The narcissistic personality disorder is overcoming the society, majorly due to lack of empathy and seeking of admiration from the outsiders.

Social Media

Social media sites can make numerous casual relationships, which consumes more of our time and psychic energy, which seems to be more significant than the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world. People tend to post intimate details of their lives, providing access to their privacy. The pleasure we derive from sharing tidbits of our lives on social networks will lead to social media addiction. When someone wants to get attention from the public, they tend to post frequently on social media sites and evaluate themselves corresponding to the likes or the comments they receive. Their posts will boost the reality of their lives due to the exaggeration, and make them appear more desirable to associate. This might eventually lead to depression. Many individuals spend so much time on social media to receive news, play games, chat with friends which interfere their daily lives. They constantly check up on others opinions and posts to eliminate the fear of missing out. They often tend to compare their lifestyle with what other people exaggerate on social media.

Nowadays, the use of text messaging and social media messages have become a common occurrence and this has reduced the human interaction. The interaction with others has become effortless because people have isolated themselves behind online identities. The society use abbreviations and emojis to express their emotions eliminating direct communication. This scenario will isolate human beings more than ever, hence dismissing the need to socialize.

Guilt & Stress

Simply, modern society people are overwhelmed with guilt due to lack of human association and the stress caused by day to day activities. So we are eventually fond of interacting because we need mental stimuli. We are inclined to use all the kinds of social media, as stated before, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. to fulfill it. But in contrary to all these remedies, people tend to feel lonely and isolated due to lack of empathy. Even if we socialize more on social media, we feel more isolated, and these natural urges persuade us to seek connections. Further, we seek validations on other personal matters from other people. If you make a great painting, and you love it, that’s great. If other people love it too, that’s better. Simply we, humans are attention seekers. Well, what if we state, those devices mimicking realistic personal responses are now taking the place of their real human counterparts.

“Generally, when people feel socially excluded, they seek out other ways of compensating, such as exaggerating their number of Facebook friends or engaging in pro-social behaviors to find other means of interactions with people. When you introduce a humanlike product, those compensatory behaviors stop,” says Jenny Olson, study co-author and marketing professor at the University of Kansas, in a statement.

Personal Assistants

This is where the Intelligent personal assistants play an important part. Intelligent personal assistants, also called virtual assistants, are software applications or devices that can assist the user with tasks, planning, or retrieving information, similar to a human assistant. This technology usually fully utilizes the sensors present on the device it runs on for contextual awareness. In this way it can deliver more accurate and relevant information. Modern intelligent personal assistants are able to learn based on previous input so they can offer better, more personalized results to the user. Personal assistants that are for the general consumer are, for example, the Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, or Amazon Echo.

“Alexa isn’t a perfect replacement for your friend Alexis. But the virtual assistant can affect your social needs.” says lead author and marketing professor at DePaul University, James Mourey, in a statement.

Harper’s magazine ran part of a conversation with Chinese journalist Chen Zhiyan and three chatbots: Chicken Little, Little Ice, and Little Knoll. The conversation took place on instant messaging and calling app, WeChat. What Zhiyan determined using these three chatbots was, that many people were confiding over their concerns, and they had felt lonely, mostly at night where only these chatbots can accompany them.

Despite the growing trend of finding solace in the virtual arms of a machine, it is important to nurture real-life relationships and develop self-awareness. If we spend more and more time snuggled up with the technology, we have to question ourselves repeatedly, ‘Are these devices bringing us closer together or further apart?’. Though the answer might depend on which decade you were born in, the result might be the same.

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අද ගොඩක් අය cyber අවකාශය තුල යන එන ප්‍රධාන තැනක් තමයි Facebook. ඒ වගේම Facebook නිසා පෞද්ගලිකත්වයට හානි වුන බොහෝ පිරිසක් ඉන්නවා කියල අපිට ඕන තරම් ආරංචි ලැබෙනවා. මේ වගේ ප්‍රශ්නවලට මුහුණ දෙන්න වෙන්නේ ගොඩක් වෙලාවට අපේ තියෙන නොසැලකිලිමත්කම නිසාම තමයි. මේ article එක ලියන්නේ ඒ ප්‍රශ්නවලින් මිදිලා කොහොමද පරිස්සමෙන් Facebook යන්නේ කියල.

Login එකේදි ආරක්ෂා වීම

loginweb browser එකෙන් FB log වෙනවා නම් අපිට හුරුපුරුදු login screen එකක් තමා තියෙන්නෙ. Keep me logged in කියන option එකක් තියෙනවා කියල ඔබට මතක ඇති. තමන්ගේම computer එකක් නෙමේ නම් ඒ option එක භාවිත නොකරන තරමට හොදයි. මොකද තමන් FB ගිහින් ඉවර වෙලා logout වෙන්න අමතක උනොත් account එක බාහිර පුද්ගලයෙක්ට භාවිත කරන්න හරිම ලේසි.

Password එක පෞද්ගලික විය යුතුය.

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අපි ඕනෑම account එකකට password එකක් දන්නේ ආරක්ෂාවට. එහනම් අපි ආරක්ෂාවට දාපු password එක අන්සතු කිරීම දැන දැන කරන මෝඩ වැඩක්. ඒක නිසා තමන්ගෙ password එක කිසි විටෙකත් අන්සතු කරන්න එපා. Facebook account එකේ ආරක්ෂාවට ඒ කාරණය ගොඩක් වැදගත්. ඒ වගේම password ගැන කියන කොට තවත් කරුණු කිපයක් කියන්න ඕන.

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password එක අපි දත් බුරුසුව කියල හිතුවොත්, ඒ වගේම password එකට හොද එකක් තෝරාගන්න ඕන. ඒ වගේම වෙන කාත් එක්කවත් share කරන්න එපා. අනිත් කාරණය තමයි විටින් විට password එක මාරු කරන්න ඕන. අඩු ගානේ මාසෙකට වතාවක්වත් කරන්න ඕන. හොද password එකක් දන්නේ කොහොමද කියල මේ link එකේ web site එකෙන් බලන්න වගේම තමුන්ගේ password එක කොයිතරම් දුරට හොදද කියල බලන්න පුළුවන්.

ඒ වගේම password එකකට බොහොම සරල එහෙම නැතිනම් කෙනෙක්ට guess කරන්න පුළුවන් දේවල් දන්නා එපා. විශේෂයෙන් උපන් දින, ගෙදර අයගේ නම් වගේ දේවල්.

3rd Party Apps

අද වෙන කොට FB එකේ ගොඩක් ප්‍රසිද්ධ දෙයක් තම 3rd party applications. අපි දන්නේ නැතුව ඒ apps වලට permission දීමෙන් නොදැනුවත්වම අපේ private දේවල් ලබා දීමක් තමයි වෙන්නේ. අපේ photos, personal messages වගේ පෞද්ගලික දේවල් අන්සතු වීමක් වෙන්න පුළුවන්. ඒක නිසා ඒ වගේ apps භාවිත කරනකොට ගොඩක් ප්‍රවේශම් වෙන්න ඕන. හොද ratings තියෙනවද, මොන වගේ දේවල්ද ඒ app එක use කරන්නේ වගේ දේවල් හොයල බලන්න පුළුවන්.
සමහර apps තියෙනව අපි permission නොදීම අපේ wall එකේ, app එකේ results post වෙනවා. එක පෞද්ගලිකත්වයට හානි වෙන  දෙයක් වෙන්න ගොඩක් ඉඩ තියෙනව. ඒකෙන් වැළකෙන්න නම් කරන්න ඕන, app එක use කරන්න කලින් posts auto share වෙනවද කියල සැක හැර දැන ගන්න ඕන.

Login Alerts & Login Approvals

තමුන්ගේ account එක නොදැනුවත්ව වෙන තැනකින් log වෙලා නම් alert එකක් එහෙම නැත්තම් notification එකක් එන විදියට හදන්න පුළුවන්. ඒ සදහා Settings -> Security Settings වල තියෙන Login Alerts enable කරන්න ඕන. ඒක email එකට හෝ/හා mobile phone එකට එන විදියට වෙනස් කරගන්න පුළුවන්.login-approval

අනාරක්ෂිත අවස්ථාවක් දැනුම් දෙන්න තම ඒ ක්‍රමය තියෙන්න. ඒ වගේම අනාරක්ෂිත බවෙන් මිදෙන්න login approvals කියල විශේෂාංගයක් FB වල තියෙනවා. එකත් කලින් කිව්වා Security Settings වලම තියෙනවා. එකෙන් වෙන්න අපි username හා password ගහල account එකට log වෙන්න හදන කොට අපේ mobile එකට text එකකින් යම් කේතයක් එවනවා FB එකෙන්. එක enter කරාම තමයි අපිට log වෙන්න පුළුවන්. මේක automatically generate වෙන කේත ක්‍රමයක්.

Trusted Contacts

FB account එක යම් වැරදීමකින් තමන්ට log වෙන්න බැරි දෙයක් වුනොත්, ඒ සදහා FB ඉන්න තමන්ට විශ්වාස යාළුවෙක් හරහා නැවත ලබා ගන්න පුළුවන්. ඒකට අපිට විශ්වාස FB friendsල නම් කරන්න පුළුවන්.

Privacy එක ආරක්ෂා කිරීම

privacyFacebook කියන්නේ ගොඩක් වෙලාවට privacy පැත්ත ගැන දෙසැරයක් හිතන්න ඕන තැනක්. මොකද FB එකේ අපේ අදහස්, සිතුවිලි, photos, videos share කරන තැනක්. ඒවා බලන්න ඕන නැත්තේ කවුද කියන එක තීරණය කරන්න අපිට අයිතියක් තියෙනව. එකට ගොඩක් ලොකු අවසථාවක් FB එකෙන් අපිට ලබා දීල තියෙනවා.
Settings -> Privacy Settings වලට යන්න, එතනින් අපේ timeline එකේ තියෙන දේවල් බලන්න පුළුවන් කාටද කියන එක වගේම, තමන්ගේ account එකට friend request එවන්න පුළුවන් කාටද, තමන්ව contact කරන්න පුළුවන් කාටද වගේ, privacy එකට බලපාන දේවල් customize කරන්න පුළුවන්.

Blocking haters

blockedඅපිට කරදරයක් වෙන පුද්ගලයෝ ඉන්නවා නම් ඒ accounts block කරන්න පුළුවන් අපිට. එතකොට ඒ account එක කිසිම විදියකින් අපිට පේන්නෙ නෑ වගේම ඒ පුද්ගලයාටත් අපිව පේන්නෙ නෑ. ඒක කරන්න settings වල තියෙන Blocking කියන තැනට යන්න පුළුවන්. මේකෙන් තමන්ගේ privacy එකට හානි කරන අයව block කරන්න පුළුවන්. මේකෙදි පුද්ගලයෝ විතරක් නෙමේ, කරදරකාර page invitations, app invitations වගේම event invitations වුනත් block කරන්න පුළුවන්.

Who to add as friends ?

Facebook කියන්නේ social media එකක්. ඉතින් මෙතන අපිට අලුත් යාලුවෝ හද ගන්න හොද තැනක්. හැබැයි මිතුරු වේශයෙන් එන හතුරෝ ගොඩක් ඉන්න තැනක් තමයි FB කියන්නේ. ඒක නිසා අලුත් යාලුවෝ ඇති කර ගන්න කලින් අපි දෙසැරයක් හිතන්න ඕන. තමුන් දන්නේ නැති අය add කර නොගන්න තරමට තම නුවණට හුරු. තමුන් දන්නේ නැති අයට් friend request නොයවනවා වගේම දන්නේ නැති අයාගෙන request අවම accept නොකර ඉන්න තරමටම හොදයි. මොකද දන්නේ නැති අය අපේ timeline එක බැලීමෙන් privacy පිළිබද ප්‍රශ්නයක් වෙන්න පුළුවන්.

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Spams & Malware

Facebook හරහා ගොඩක් spam messages එහෙමෙහෙ යනවා. emailවලට එන spams  වගේම තමයි. බොරු විස්තර දාල අපේ වටිනා කාලය නාස්ති කරනවා වගේම, අපිව මුළා කරන එක මේ spam වලින් වෙනවා. විශේෂයෙන් දැන් හදුන්වා දීල තියෙන message request පහසුකම නිසා දන්නැති අයගෙන් එන messages සීමා කරන්න පුළුවන්.
මේ ළගදි FB එක පුරාවටම malware එකක් සංසරණය වුණා. එක link එකක් click කරාම තමා නොදැනුවත්වම අනිත් friends ලගේ wall වල video එකක් link එකක් share වෙනවා. මේක මුළු fb එක පුරාම පිළිලයක් වගේ ව්‍යාප්ත වුණා. මේ වගේ දන්නේ නැති links click නොකර ඉන්න තරමට තම හොද. නැත්තම් තම නොදැනුවත්ව ගොඩක් වැරදි දේවල් වෙන්න පුළුවන්. එක නිසා FB භාවිතය ගොඩක් ප්‍රවේශමෙන් කරන්න ඕන දෙයක්.

Social media කියන්නෙ Facebook විතරමද?

ගොඩක් අයට social media කිව්වම මතක් වෙන්නෙ FB එක විතරමයි. එක්කො YouTube, Twitter. ඒව මතක් වෙන්නෙත් පස්සෙ. ඒ තරමටම FB තමයි අපිට ගොඩක් හුරුපුරුදු වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ.

Social media?

Social media කියන්නෙ අන්තර්ජාලය ඔස්සේ පරිගණකය හෝ ජංගම දුරකතනය හෝ වෙනයම් මාධ්‍යයකින් පිරිසක් සමග සම්බන්ධ වෙලා අදහස් දක්වන්න පුලුවන් එකතරා මාධ්‍යයක්. අදහස් දක්වන්න photo, video, articles වගේ දේවල් උනත් වෙන්න පුලුවන්. මෙතන ප්‍රධාන දේ වෙන්නෙ පිරිසක් virtual  විදියට එකතු වෙන එක.

ඉතිහාසය

Social media ඉතිහාසය 1997 තරම් ඈතට දිව යනවා. ඒ කියන්නේ ලංකාවට Internet ඇවිල්ලත් අවුරුදු දෙකයි. පලවෙනි social media site එක විදියට සැලකෙන්නෙ sixdegrees.com. Andrew Weinreich කියන පුද්ගලයා තමා මේක හොයාගත්තේ. 2001 දී මේක අක්‍රිය කරලා තියෙනවා.

Makeoutclub කියල 2000 දී තමා ඊලග social media යෙදුම අවේ. 2005 වගේ කාලෙ වෙනකොට MySapce තමයි ලෝකෙම ප්‍රසිද්ධ social media සිතේ එක වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ. එහෙම දියුණුවුණ social media,  අද වෙනකොට 100කට වැඩිය තියෙනවා.

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ගතවූ දින කීපයේම සියළු  දෙනා කතා කරන ගුරුත්වාකර්ෂණ තරංග පිළිබඳව ඔබට යම් අවබෝධයක් ඇතැයි අපි සිතමු. මේ අවධානය සමාජ ජාල සහ වෙනත් වෙබ්අඩවි තුළ ගුරුත්වාකර්ෂණ තරංග ගැන සිදුවූ කතාබහ වෙතටයි.

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Siripala is Smart, Be Like Siripala

Be Like Siripala

The Sri Lankan version of the ‘Be Like Bill’ meme ‘Be Like Siripala’ is doing the rounds in social media and sprung into popularity. Its good to see that it is not direct translation of the English version, rather applying the concept in Sri Lankan context. It hits at popular Sri Lankan keyboard heroes such as political ranters.

A load of these memes are available in the ‘Be Like Siripala’ facebook page which has garnered over 20.000 likes in less than 24 hours. Few of our favourites are listed below. Do visit the facebook page to have a look, and most importantly: Be Like Siripala!Be Like Siripala

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Image credits to ‘Be Like Siripala” facebook page

Introducing Facebook Save

Facebook  is currently rolling out a useful feature called Saved Posts, which will allow users to save Facebook posts in order to view them later. This will be helpful in the instance where you see an interesting post , but do not have time at that moment to view it. It would also help keep those treasured posts, the ones that inspire and the ones with fond memories bookmarked for quick access.

Saving a post is quite simple. Just click on the arrow on the top right hand corner of the post and choose save. All saved items can then be view-able through the ‘Saved’ link that can be access from your profile home page. This feature will most likely to be frequently used, while more options to organize the saved posts will surely be on the roadmap.

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Use Facebook responsibly – Campaign by DIMO

Facebook has become “the trend” in Sri Lankan social media, and there has been increasing number of complaints against irresponsible usage. SLCERT (Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team) says it has received around 1,100 internet related complaints so far this 2013 while a majority of them concern the Facebook. Mainly its our younger generation that’s being strongly attracted to Facebook as well as badly beaten. It’s a shame that a few young girls committed suicide over photographs that was published of them on Facebook!

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There is something wide of the mark for such tragedies to happen. Our society has attracted to Facebook without considering its limits, its flaws. Privacy aspect is neglected all along! Coming from a very sensitive cultural background, public expressions on private matters can have a strong adverse effect on personal wellbeing.

DIMO Sri Lanka has taken a well-timed community service to educate the Facebook users to use Face book responsibly.

“Its is your duty to educate your loved ones and monitor them while on Social Media”

Visit DIMO Facebook page and to follow their campaign: https://www.facebook.com/DimoSriLanka

Few messages posted in their wall is included below.

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Dr Chris Nonis goes Viral

In a perfect example of the viral effect of social media, Dr Chris Nonis became a popular well respected public figure within a few days. Although the buzz on him is recent, his contribution to Sri Lanka has been present for several years. Dr Chris Nonis is currently the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for the UK.

The video responsible for all this is an interview between Dr Chris Nonis and a CNN reporter, where the lankan high commissioner defends Sri Lanka on the human rights issues. This video which is  titled ‘Sri Lanka lashes out at rights criticism’ can be viewed below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6kbIITQ1f4

Due to the calm, witty and professional way he answered the questions, the CNN reporter was clearly dumbfounded. The video soon was shared heavily on facebook with people who were amazed with the responses of Dr Chris Nonis. Currently the video has garnered a staggering 120,000+ views which is a high number for a Sri Lankan video.

The number of people following is page on facebook also grew with high numbers. At the time we viewed the page it had only a few hundred people following it. Now it has over 18,000 followers. You can view his facebook page here.

His popularity has even reached the meme space, with many memes being posted on the Sri Lankan Memes facebook page. Now Dr Chris Nonis has his own meme. Shown below is one such meme(Image credits Sri Lankan Memes). There are many more amussing memes, do check them out at Sri Lankan Memes.

Photo: He was actually "Gedara Yana Gaman" - jW #ChrisNonisFacts

For more information on Dr Chris Nonis, visit his official website www.drchrisnonis.com

#AskMR Twitter Q&A with the President

The second Q&A via the Presidents twitter account @PresRajapaksa was held yesterday evening (25th September) from New York. The first such twitter Q&A was held in June, where questions were answered by Pres. Sec. Mr. Lalith Weerthunga. On this occasion the President answered the questions while Mr. Weeratunga moderated the session.

Questions were requested to be UN related, although they came from a various range of topics. During the Q&A session(which got delayed due to another meeting of the President)  around 20 questions were answered. However in contrast to the previous twitter session, the questions weren’t retweeted, which meant it was a bit difficult to find which question was actually answered. At the end of the session, the social media team acknowledged this mistake, and promised to improve future sessions.

If you by any chance missed the session you can take a look at the twitter stream below.

#AskMR Twitter Q&A with President Rajapaksa

Twitter in Sri Lanka through the years

Twitter has always played a giant role in Sri Lanka’s social media scene. With only a handful of Sri Lankans a few years back, Twitter has now grown to tens of thousands of tweeps from all over the country tweeting their thoughts away.

At first were the geeks. Those who always try to keep up with the technology and test out new things. Along came the bloggers from both English and Sinhala blogospheres. It was a place for them to promote their content, meet fellow tweeps with common interests and discuss everything happening around.

Organizing committee of the first ever TweetupSL (Image source)

One of the earliest milestones of the Sri Lankan Twitter community was the first ever TweetupSL. A tweetup is in fact a gathering of tweeps. Friends you make in your twitter stream meeting in real life, face to face. The event took place in 2010 in Coco Veranda, one of the first Sri Lankan businesses to have a commendable presence on Twitter.

Some of the attendees at TweetupSL 2 (Image source)

Since then, two more TweetupSL happened in 2011 and 2012 respectively, each with far more success than the previous ones. The community has grown in leaps and bounds. More businesses joined Twitter and several big events were organized in the twittersphere. Mini tweetups, hashtag nights became a common occurrence. Not to forget all the lovers who first met on Twitter. 🙂

Twitter Q&A with the Secretary to the President

For those of you who missed it, the first Q&A via the Presidents twitter account was held on Wednesday. Even though the questions were answered through the official @PresRajapaksa account, it was actually the Secretary to the President, Mr Lalith Weeratunga who took up the questions.

The questions were submitted through the #AskLW hashtag in all three languages, and Mr. Weeratunga started right on schedule. Each question was retweeted and then answered, so that both questions and answers are visible in an orderly manner. Around 20 questions were answered in topics from political, to personal to paypal.

Even though there were questions unanswered (Understandably due to the busy schedule of Mr. Lalith Weeratunga), this is a good start to social media engagement from the government. And hopefully will be the first of many more such Q&As.  Also in a subsequent release, Mr Weeratunga has stated that more answers would be provided in the coming days via twitter.

You can check out the Q&A on twitter below. And to check on all the questions, just search for #Asklw.

Twitter feed Asklw