Connections and Technological Firsts

Something recently reminded me of “MySpace”.  I hadn’t thought of it for a long time.  Its actually only been a few years since I’ve used it (okay, maybe more than a few), but it seems like an eternity!  Myspace seems to have taken a backseat to Facebook in terms of social media platforms. In fact, is myspace ever really used anymore?

I checked out my account, and its still there…all the pictures I posted, and the myspace page I made for my dog, because I thought I was being so funny 😛   I also found my first blog attempt (which, coincidentally sucked, too), and I realized that in a round about way, it also involved technology (pssst. I can find a way to connect any two things seemingly related or not. For example,  I could find a way to connect mayonnaise to technology if really needed to…but I would hate to do that because I loathe mayonnaise).

My first “myspace” blog involved technology because I used my first MP3 player to listen to books, and then wrote about it on my first myspace blog.

I was an English major in college, (before I majored in Psychology) and had a hefty semester of reading a bit over 800 pages per week (and I’m a painfully SLOW reader).  I thought I could kill two birds with one stone by listening to the books and walking my dog at the same time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the books I needed on tape, or CD. (Crap, I totally just aged myself) But, I was able to find them in mp3 format on  So, I decided this MP3 thing would be a worthy educational investment, and I got one of these:  *See Below*

Picture of my first MP3 player. The thing was about the size of a cassette player/walkman (those were  cool).

By that time, I was still way behind in my knowledge of technology…all my smart techy friends knew what was up with MP3 players, and I still had a VHS player…and a walkman.

*Side note*  Revisiting that first MP3 player made me think of the first cell phones. Check out this nifty gadget!

Could this guy get any cooler? I think not!

After some time of getting used to the coolness of listening to books on the MP3 player, I wrote this blog on “myspace”.  Looking back at this, I realize that the gadgets may have changed, but my feeble attempts at clever humor have not!

My first blog: Circa 20@#

Here are some new things i discovered  from listening to books while walking my dog, and being a diligent student doing my psychology homework.  Some of it comes directly from the sources, and some of it comes directly from my behind.

1. Recreation = re- creation

source:  Neil Fiore  The Now Habit

hhmmmm……i’ve never thought of it that way before! But in that case, I now have a legitimate excuse for anti-workaholism, and pro recreation-ism.

2. “Children have no problems with motivation….the native excitement about learning gets lost through the process of being taught how to conform to social expectations and that there’s punishment for not conforming”   

source:  Neil Fiore The Now Habit

3. “The strange case of the ‘rectal earache’ reported by Cohen and Davis ( one of my all time favorite stories!).  A physician ordered ear drops to be administered to the right ear of a patient suffering from pain and infection there.  Instead of writing out completely the location ‘Right ear’ on the prescription, the doctor abbreviated it so that the insturctions read ‘place in R ear’.  Upon receiving the prescription, the duty nurse promptly put the required number of ear drops into the patient’s anus.”

source:  Robert B. Cialdini Influence  <—- Way cool book

4.  So, it seems that it is extremely important to take time for recreation, since it is RE-creation; and it is equally important not to conform to social expectations.  Not taking adequate time for recreation could potentially make one more susceptible to conforming to social expectations….and conforming could potentially lead to a rectal ear ache!

source:  Amy’s rear end

So, this post doesn’t REALLY have much to do with technology…other than the fact that I used it to obtain information, and then share it 😛

6 thoughts on “Connections and Technological Firsts

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  2. Maybe our tech ought to take a backseat to what we do with it. It can be difficult to know for sure whether or not our behavior is conformist. For example, I was intrigued by this anal ear ache story, so I got a copy of the book Cialdini cites in his book Influence. In that book, Medication Errors: Causes and Prevention (G. F. Stickley Co., Philadelphia 1981), by Cohen and Davis, I have been unable to find the anal ear ache story. Consider this. If you google this anal ear ache story you will find that people love to use it to illustrate whatever point they’re trying to make about conformity or authority. But if the story’s not actually in Cohen & Davis (I’m still not sure, I haven’t read every single word), then it really seems to illustrate Cialdini’s point much better than some absurd anecdote! Unfortunately Cialdini’s not around for us to ask him about this.


    • Hello Grant Skye,

      Thank you for taking the time to read one of my old and silly posts! I’m not sure if you were intrigued to get Cialdini’s book by way of reading my post, but if so, that is extremely flattering!

      I believe the mention of the story “The strange case of the rectal earache” was intended to illustrate how people often neglect their own judgement and defer to what they believe people of authority ( like attending physicians ) are trying to say.

      As far as I know, Professor Cialdini is around, and I’m sure it is possible to reach him! We were fortunate enough to have him lecture on this topic in our Social Psychology class. Of course, that was around 10 years ago, but as far as I know, he is still alive!


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