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  1. Roman people knew we can only memorize like 150 people that's why every Legion in Roman army consisted from 150 soldiers.

  2. I have a facebook… last time I was on it waaaas… last month? Only reason I got it is because my mom told me to, for reasons -_-

  3. I don't use facebook other than to log onto spotify. I am in the minority. Though if we were to count how many IQ points each group had and base it off of that. I believe I'd be in the majority. Does that make me arrogant to say that? I just don't think the average facebook user is that intelligent…. Also I believe that the more intelligent people of the world (Scientists, doctors and the like) are doing better things with their time than facebook. What do you guys think?

  4. i would love to experience facebook pictures in Gif. form.  It would be like little movies from you life, memories would become even more clear.   

  5. Facebook may be accomplishing something from a pen and paper diary but it's not what you're talking about. A private journal and all the other forms of scrapbooking and memory storage actually allow for more honest reflection into one's life. One can look at the horrible thoughts they had and face their demons. Facebook is actually better, not at showing us ourselves but a more accurate view into how we project ourselves to others. We see us how others see us and not how we see us through Facebook. It's like the difference between a mirror and a video camera operated by someone else without our knowledge except we find the tape.

  6. I was a Facebook user for YEARS. A few months ago, I made the decision to deactivate my account…best thing I ever did. Why? Because as a single woman, I really don't wanna see 500 pics of people's engagement rocks-nor am I interested in someone's dinner at Ruths Chris.

  7. Funny facebook doesn't accurately portray who I am. I am on facebook for odd reasons and I keep who I am to my self mostly as it isn't socially acceptable to those I love. You see I am religious. But I don't want to shove that down others throats so I just keep it to my self

  8. I don't think that facebook even is  good way to preserve memories. What we remember about a great holiday can not be shown by a picture, it may even contradict pictures. When time passes, you construct a memory in whichh the grass is greener than it really was.
    When we remember the time when people shared their holiday pictures in meat space, we remember it was awful. The pictures said nothing to us and meant nothing to us. Sure, for the people who took the pictures, they were symbols for their memories, but not for us.

  9. Whether some people have facebook or not, it's safe to say many that do have facebook no longer use it. It's not worth the bullshit that comes along with it. I don't need some crazy as fuck stalker ex constantly on my back trying to figure out my next move. 

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  13. My problem:
    Facebook hasn't helped me know who I am.

    Admittedly I don't use it very often, but the idea that I won't be able to discover myself without more facebook use really, really fucking disturbs me.

  14. it's really late, but David Lebreton talks about how our bodies are prosthetics, and thr clothes we wear, the thngs we say, the things we don't do And the profiles we create online are our bodies. they are a comunicating layer

  15. Spend a few hours going through everything you've ever posted on facebook. It will enlighten you as to your own history, because you literally cannot remember yourself as objectively or as fully as what facebook does via your in the moment contributions.

  16. The more I hear, the more I'm glad I don't have, and never have had, a Facebook account.  Oh, and never will.

  17. Great episode! I really enjoy being able to use FB (as well as lots of other) online data storage resources instead of clunky, space-occupying, easily-damaged physical copies/ our own easily fallible memories. Also, thank you for that picture of Jeff Goldblum at 3:07:  I am officially a woman now. #Swoon  

  18. So, here's a question to ponder. If we are but a collection of our memories. If we die, and our memories are perfectly recreated. Is that new body us?

  19. You can never change what you have done. Therefore if you define yourself by what you have done, you have no control over who you are. This is why I find obsessing over my own past so suffocating. If you want to be free to create yourself you need to focus on the future you want to create in the present. Define yourself by what you are doing, not by what you have done. 

  20. I always wondered; how much of that memory space for those 200ish poeple you know can be be occupied by fictional characters?

  21. This made me think about how the famous or "historically significant" are largely defined as those who wrote and were written about. When historians look back on my life they will be able to mine an immense amount of data that is lost to the likes of say, John Adams. However, I don't think that, with the way I use Facebook, that image would be a full picture. It would be a strange shell of who I am. A sort of 2 dimensional image. Maybe I should just do/say more intelligent things on Facebook for those future historians…

  22. Facebook is useless as a memory surrogate. I don't browse my own timeline. I don't keep important things there, because it's my public face, convenient for my family, but not to me or the communities I keep.

  23. That might explain why I have next to no self-identity anymore, I barely remember anything but a smear of doing the same things day in day out…

  24. Facebook is definitely changing our identity. I would not claim it doing so better though. We are over-identifying with the past, focused too much on performing ourselves publically instead of actually being in the moment that creates a memory.
    Instead of being aware that nothing is really lacking in that moment we are being flooded with information of what should be lacking. Then we get depressed.

  25. What about theses fandoms that come thoughter through Facebook. Manly bronies and furrys. And why do they keep getting shut down

  26. سلام از برنامه خودتان ! خواهشی دارم لطفا متن ها فارسی باشند ممنونم

  27. I agree with this video, Facebok is creating a digital copy of our memories. The relative new feature that shows you what happened the same day in the past years is a proof of that.  I also started to write status updates that only I can read in order to keep track of what i want to remember but i don't want others to know. Am I the only one doing so?

  28. This is horrifying and orwellian to the point of not being funny. How can a reasonable human being, who has had every opportunity to be educated in a developed country, say these things with a straight face? 'Making memories is hard'? Good! That's the point! Good memories should be preserved, and the effort in the preservation surely reflects the value of the memory? Constructing one's self should not be applauded – the investment in the illusionary, constructed self removes us from the 'real' self until we lose our bearing on 'reality'.

    Yes, reality is a slippery notion, but surely it becomes void when we have machines constructing digital versions of moments of our own reality that were captured by portable technology? And the act of sharing precious memories with a select group of people should not be viewed as a limitation of previous methods of capturing and disseminating memories. The whole point of cherished memories is that they are usually inherently exclusive to a select group: why would you want some random person you added on facebook sharing the birth of your sibling? Or celebrating the anniversary of your cousins mother's marriage?

    Exclusivity is indicative of relevance – when you're a kid, you don't pass notes under the table to EVERY girl in every school in your area because they are pretty – choosing who to share our feelings and memories with is an important aspect of evaluating our own feelings and methods of judging others as people we want to communicate with.

    Of course, if you believe this bullshit video, good luck inviting the world to your wedding, thereby cheapening every relationship you have ever constructed.

  29. I wonder if one can expand Dunbar's number by compartmentalizing people into categories? kind of like zip file format: instead of remember people, you remember what categories they belong to, and instead of remembering individual characteristics, you remember differences between and within categories.

  30. Facebook is either for idiots, government spies or businesses, many idiots somehow (or obviously, since they are idiots) don't realise how they have been lured into this "pleasure island" by voluntarily exposing their personal information, identity and thoughts!!! Facebook was designed for this very reason, and no other reason, FFS.. but I guess I am just wasting my breath

  31. I know I'm really late to the dooobly-doo party but I think this is a very important question to ask: is the fact that Facebook makes it more difficult to forget the past (even if you delete certain posts they may still be available in various forms in the posts of friends) detrimental to us? Isn't moving on something that allows us to maintain sanity? Perhaps this pseudo-hyperthymesia might make us like the elephants and we'll all start to drop dead of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy… probably not, but I think being able to forget and let go is crucial to a happy, healthy life.

  32. Because Facebook, almost as a rule, allows people to record data and then never be able to find it again when they don't have it bookmarked (and sometimes even when they do have it bookmarked), I would say Facebook is about as faulty as one's own memory. Perhaps even more so.

  33. What are your thoughts on the new memories where you can see what you did on this day 2 years ago 3 years ago and so on. What about people deleting now unpleasant
    stories like say of their ex?

  34. I dont know about this, Ive recently deleted my facebook account and I feel way less exposed and intruded upon, generally feel better about life xD

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