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Communicating Face to Face? Now, that’s something new!

As a person who likes to keep private, I only belong to one social network, Facebook. Well, up until last week, when I got a tumblr account. I used to have a MySpace profile as well, but I deleted it a while ago because I felt very exposed online. In the recent years I have felt, that it has gotten increasingly difficult to keep some sort of privacy online, because a great deal of social interaction has started taking place on these artificial spaces. Since when have we found it necessary to hide behind a screen, whilst communicating with family and friends? Of course I also find online social platforms useful, when I wish to get in touch with friends and family that has slowly spread to most of the world. However, when I’m completely honest, do I mainly use these tools to contact people across the world or to chat with friends that are sitting in front of a computer only some minutes away from my location? The answer will be the latter. This is also the main reason that I like to stick to myself online. I go online to find and procure my information, but I’m not necessarily interesting in interacting with others. I feel very uncomfortable with the openness that the online world has to offer.

Since arriving in the Hague and starting on the Industrial Design Engineering programme, I have found myself spending about 10x more time online, than I would have previously. Usually I only use Facebook to communicate with people I already know, I do not use it to make new acquaintances, but this time I thought to myself, “To hell with it, I’m in a new country, new city, might as well get to know my new classmates!”. Therefore I put myself on the line, from my perspective at least, and tried to bond with these new personalities that I had never met before and felt shy and timid around. For this I felt that I could finally benefit from the useful tools, that Facebook has to offer and reach out to this new group and bond with them. Yes, it was an easy and simple way to make contact. Yes, I would say that I have made new friendships. But to be completely honest, I’m old fashioned and despite this experience I would still rather connect with people face to face.

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Posted in All Students, Group 2, Support Raising
This was originally published at THE GREAT DANE

My network workings

I use several different online platforms and with each platform there are different levels of interactions. Tumblr, and my other blogging platforms are used by me in a very pseudo anonymous way. I interact with a lot of people try to have conversations with them but I never let go of crucial information that can lead to my identification. This is just a safety net for me, and it is not one I will drop any time soon. As a blogger I do not tap into many people’s networks, but when I do I like to poke around a bit, get to know everyone and gain more knowledge. So I guess I act as an individual on these platforms. 

Other platforms like Facebook are used very differently, but safely. I know all the people in my friends list, and I do not accept requests from people I do not recognise. This way I know that I can openly interact with the people in my network without having to worry much about the information that is let free. 

The tapping into networks when it comes to facebook is mostly done offline, and then later continued and expanded online over facebook. This way you have a chance to continue talking to people that you have only met once or twice but share a lot of interests with. Facebook has also connected me to many defined groups, most of these are project groups, or little event groups. 

However much I might be using these platforms at the moment I am not even close to reaching their full potential yet. But I am slowly getting there by expanding my networks, exploring more opportunities in life and just seeing where  different choices can get me. I am not going into too much detail about this yet because I am still busy exploring this and I do not have any real conclusions on this yet. 

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Posted in All Students, Group 8, Work Teams
This was originally published at community word

When sarcasm fails

The nice thing about being in a class with many nationalities is that you learn a lot from everyone you meet. You learn, or try to, understand their culture and views of the world, but there are some hiccups related to this. 

One of these hiccups is sarcasm. I am not the most sarcastic person on the planet, I feel like you should be able to have a conversation with someone without an undermining sarcastic response. However once in a while people say things that tickle my sarcasm bone and a remark will come out, generally not a mean one but that depends on your perception. This only becomes a problem when a sarcastic culture (e.g. the Dutch) interacts with a non sarcastic culture, and makes you look like a complete ass. So watch that bone, and guard it like a dog. 

(yes I am purposely leaving out the part where I go in and explain the situation that made me post this and the many many reasons and ways in which either party involved in the sarcastic interaction can en up offended)

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Posted in All Students, Group 8, Work Teams
This was originally published at community word