DATASEXUAL / Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots

In response to Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots. Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that. Photographers, artists, poets: show us a CONNECTION.

I am a news junkie in terms of print, online and social media news. However, I am less interested in self-promotion and over-sharing too much personal content on a daily, minutes and seconds basis. So, there I was reading about the DATASEXUAL beings of our age. Gone are the metrosexuals, now we’re stuck with datasexuals. What does a datasexual mean actually? And why it does not appeal to me:

“The datasexual looks a lot like you and me, but what’s different is their preoccupation with personal data. They are relentlessly digital, they obsessively record everything about their personal lives, and they think that data is sexy.…Their lives—from a data perspective, at least—are perfectly groomed”. (Dominic Basulto, Big Think A Web “knowledge forum”).

Street Artist in Firenze / Credit:

Street Artist in Firenze / Credit:

Sharing cropped personal data feeds narcissism. I have been shocked by how much people may actually share and overshare. After all, sending your most intimate thoughts to the www – World is a much dreaded cry for attention.

Interesting term they have coined, though! It just points out that the mirror has been replaced by the screen or touchscreen 🙂

About Cristina Popa

Cristina is a WordPress blogger who regularly writes or shares updates on media, public affairs and various topics of interest. You may follow her on Communication for Development WP blog or Twitter @CristinaPopa0
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21 Responses to DATASEXUAL / Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots

  1. What is intimate?? 🙂 lines arw getting blurred – for worse.

    • Intimate in terms of “datasexual” is what you don’t publish or post on the web/mobile etc. People have a hard time at keeping things to themselves and not impersonating an “avatar”.

      • I agree. Oversharing is a norm now. I struggle with that every day in terms of my blog. I don’t like that “naked” feeling, but overfiltering isn’t authentic either. Certain things I would just never post.

      • Authenticity should not be about oversharing whether it’s a blog or real life. Oh, well, posted content remains posted…

      • It depends on the purpose of your writing. I’ve come across blogs about domestic violence where victims share details of their abuse. Some rreaders may view that as oversharing. Some may view it as inspiring or motivation to seek help. The writer may consider that his/ her purpose – to help others by sharing. I know a blogger who posts nude pics of herself. To her, it helps others with issues of body-consciousness. I couldn’t do it, but that’s her thing. It depends.

      • Of course it depends. However, the human being per se is not that interesting or does not represent “news” on a daily basis. When you crop personal data and use it for a specific purpose, that is no longer authentic personal data. It builds a persona/character/avatar. But each of us has a choice of content they want to share, so each is free to choose.

      • Definitely free to choose. I like the point you made about creating an avatar, although i havent thought about it enough to agree or disagree. That public representation is still different than the private one.

      • That is correct because you select some things and leave others out. And you build a representation which is not strictly real. The problem is when people start to believe in that representation and less into what they really are. So, again, each has a choice.

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  6. EmilyAnn Frances says:

    I agree. It’s overkill. In a way it’s adolescent.

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  11. Really interesting conversation this post has generated. There is such a fine line between authenticity and overexposure. At this point I’m still sticking with the anonymous approach, in case I don’t navigate that line as skillfully as I would like. Thanks for the food for thought.

    • There is always a certain type of public when you post content, then it depends whether you write for you (it’s never the case), for them, for multiple publics with different interests. It depends what you want to do with your content. I am always happy when my posts generate comments and most importantly: dialogue. Thank you.

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