On Being Online

Kristin & Sarah: Are you a compulsive Facebook checker? Do you get anxious if you can’t find wifi? Or maybe you’re sick of hearing about twits on Twitter, and wish they’d all read a book.

Whichever the case, we’d like to hear from you in our survey on understanding digital dysphorias. This survey is in preparation for a presentation at the media140: Frontiers event in Brisbane on 27 April on exploring the impacts of social technologies on science communication.

dys·pho·ri·a (ds-fôr-, -fr-)
n. An emotional state characterized by anxiety, depression, or unease

Follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DigDys1 and feel free to forward to others. We’ll be working on this project across the year, so thanks for your contribution early.


  1. I do hope you’ve read the Edge.org’s 2010 question too 🙂

    John Brockman is editing the submissions from the scientific, creative minds of the world into a book but you can read many of them at the World Question Centre website too. It’s fascinating stuff!

    The question was “How has the Internet changed the way you think?”

    Here is the link: http://www.edge.org/q2010/q10_1.html

    Have fun! There’s a lot to read 😀



  2. Thanks @mik. I have Brockman’s book on my bedside table!
    There is a lot of thinking about this at the moment. I’m really interested in considering where we’re at with the way we interact online and offline now, and how that might give us clues for what to expect in the future. So this survey is a (light-hearted) contribution to the body of knowledge and the start of a longer study.
    Tempted to go and explore Edge.org again now!

  3. Excellent news Kristina 🙂

    It’s a subject that’s often on my mind too. The interface between the tools… the computer and net applications and how that is changing how we perceive the world around us.

    I find myself raising an eyebrow in surprise (and not a little frustration) when I listen to people for whom the net is a complete mystery these days.

    The net equates to a whole way of processing information such as we’ve never believed possible. Once upon a time we blindly accepted most information placed before us because it was in a book, something tangible, that had been through a process of sorts.

    Now, we have to develop the critical skills for THINKING about what we’re thinking about.

    I suspect that future educational systems will be incorporating critical analysis skills into the curriculum so that people can learn to discern what is worth thinking about and what is not on the net.

    Thing is… the future of net technologies may actually mean that our thinking will be done for us depending on the parameters we (or others) impose. Now that’s a scary thought!

    BTW: What parts of the brain does casual net surfing light up in scans? Visual, language, pleasure? Perhaps I should google that! hahaha

    Good luck with it… totally fascinating study for sure!


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