Digital Social Interaction

Today’s wireless family


Accessibility of technology in modern family has changed rapidly over the years, the socio-cultural acceptance of ‘being connected’ all the time as basically a social norm today. The graph and stats of ‘Today’s wireless family’ gives an idea how family members access their information through devices such as smartphones. Family communications dynamics differ to pre digital age, skills level between the young and older differ in terms of access of content and information. The importance the understand the usages of the modern family in terms of connectedness with the web.

Social media overload


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The choices of social media on offer in modern web access have exploded many types and forms of ways people connect with each other socially or professionally.  All of which these outlets of social media offer different purposes, creating dilemma of staying connected through these outlets in order to keep up with the demand of the digital age. Access of these social media outlet has become part of many people lives now, not keeping up so it seems can be disaster and possibly left behind for good.

It is part of our lives


Selfie and sex update

Human interaction has expanded like never before, the digital age has provided us access in such speed and efficiency, that we are constantly connected and using these ICT devices. Our daily life has been penetrated by constant rummaging to grab hold of our portable ICT devices, in order to keep up to date with messages from friends, family and work. Spatial divide in the digital age has been reduced, where we are constantly accessible by anyone you keep in contact with. Boundaries are now slowly broken, and acts of using these ICT devices to broadcast messages to people are less of an enigma through our society today.


Technology Overload

  Spending too much time on the computer?

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Parents concerned of net addiction and china web junkies

The shift of computer and internet usage has erupted in the past twenty years; it is one of the most popular past time for children, teens and young adults in the digital age. Accessibility to these device towards addiction is too attainable, young people entitlement to these technology are suffice by the way education has changed with technology today. Social consequences of addiction to internet and gaming have not outweighed the intellectual benefits it can provide from access to these technologies. There are little identification of these problems with addiction to internet and gaming, because it is a social norm today for everyone is able to access these avenues of entertainment. For who it is to judge and prescribe these addiction upon users, there can be a fine line in age where everyone is constantly connected to these forms of ICTs.


Social identity and online identity


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We are now more socially and publicly connected online than ever before, the emergence of social media has changed the landscape of how we communicate with each other. How do we divide and manage our normal physical social life with our digital life? The emergence of social media has brought users issues of maintaining the way we act online, as we should in real life. Even though technology has given us access to such tools, people need to learn to manage ethically and morally of how you present yourself and interact with others online. It cannot just be a free for all for people to express thoughts and emotions without repercussions. Differentiating reality and digital persona of oneself is a key element to establishing a sustainable identity online or offline for this emerging digital society.   <–how I met your mother, ep6 season 7, “Mystery vs. History”

Convenience to addiction?

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Now that we are online all the time; it is more convenient for us to shop and browse to our hearts content. Is it really nullifying the time spatial difference in ordering stuff online and sending it conveniently to our houses or it’s just another avenue for people to be obsessed about. Physical locations limitation of trading hours to unlimited access to online stores offers different experience of interacting and deciding when purchasing items. This dilemma of being constantly accessible can be the death and pain of users who have or possibly have addiction to over excess.

Transport Dilemma

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This item highlights some of the issues of Australia transportation and infrastructural issues that we have. In Australia we constantly have projects and solutions put forward to improve traveling and transportation in different elements. This blog post directly from the official parliamentary website indicates the elusiveness of change in High speed rail technology, which does not exist in Australia. A post which boasts the massive ability and opportunities to travel more efficiently and effectively around the major cities in Australia, changing the way the public will travel. It is a promise not even the post can certainly confirm, with a project commencement date of year 2027, would this transportation technology available today be running by that time? Who knows? The government institutions involved shaping the outcomes of these projects will be the results of having this technology available to the public in the future.


Sydney’s Weekend traffic

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This articles highlights the continuous problems Sydney have with road traffic, it gives a great perspective of probably the most important forms of transportation in Australia. Driving it is a staple of Sydney lifestyle, the most convenient form of transportation available. Not only does business day’s traffic consume us in our daily commute, but it has now run over to weekends as well.  The article highlights the lack of infrastructural change in expansion in road availability to accommodate the ever growing uses of cars in Sydney. People association with their privately used cars are so profound, there are little possibility of using other forms of transports; either for work or leisure. It’s an ingrained practice in our culture which dates back decades ago, where cars and roads aren’t an issue. Even the sense of identity from our car usage are part of the reason users are reluctant to use other form of transport.


High speed rail between Sydney and Canberra be a reality?


This article supports and correlates with item 1, the advantages of having a high speed rail network in Australia. The article brings in a similar angle in support of the construction of this rail network, reducing travel time between major cities being one of the major plus of the network. This technology will not phase out other transportation means, but rather ease the strains on other transport alternative. Create a competitive market for transportation and improve the ways people will travel between major cities.


Implication of transport


This item has a depth analysis of technology and communication and its implication; it gives a good introduction into some of the factors of change involved in the evolving climate between technology and communication. Which includes example of impacts on social and economic activity due to the different elements of transportation.  The article looks into the implication of transport from a macro range, gives you a fundamental view of transformation of transportation system along with the urban changes that comes along with it. It ties in with item 1 and 2, notes the facts that major transportation construction projects are more expensive than they were in the past, so the cost reflect the introduction of better or more improved infrastructure in transportation or technology.


Commuter’s Rail Hate


The website ‘’ dedicated to defaming the credibility of the services of Sydney trains (formerly city rail). Public negative experiences with Sydney’s only train network plastered over a dedicated website. This item creates a few elements of socio technical issues that occur, for one the fact the website is dedicated in defaming the services of Sydney’s trains. Comprehensively ridicule many aspects of the services provided by the official website. Users with access to these tools to defame government services due to government services being unreliable, a form of protest which has become digital and widespread. The article “Delays hit Sydney train network’ highlights the issue in technology failure, also in relation to government management, malpractices and funding. Non qualitative service which many commuters rely on and fail to be satisfied in this digital age.


Hi welcome to Jack’s Digital scrapbook a collection of artefacts and thoughts on some of the social technical aspects of our daily lives.  We are living in an ever emerging digital world, where we are constantly interacting with technologies of many shapes, size or form, these technologies shapes the way we live in our past, present and future if you like it or not. The intention of this scrapbook that I have compiled is to identify some of these social technological phenomena Social Informatics studies deals with and how we encounter it in our everyday lives either consciously or unconsciously.

In order to grasp the elements of my Digital Scrapbook I will present some of the key elements of Social Informatics. Social Informatics is a tool that examines the social aspects of technology, identifying the focus of different elements that socio technical interaction occurs. Rob Kling describes social informatics as “the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information technologies that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural contexts” (Kling, R.  1999). Information Communication Technology or ICT does not simply stay static; in order to innovate it requires other influences to help make changes for further technological advancements. As people are not simply users of ICT, but are socially complex individuals who are engaging uses of ICT as members of one or more organisations that make use of ICT to engage in mediated social interactions ( Sawyer, S.& Tyworth, M. 2006). The key principles that will be highlighted are ‘action and structure’, ‘seamless web’ and ‘change and continuity’, each principles helps outline some of the socio technical elements which makes them unique in each artefacts.

The first theme for my digital scrapbook looks into ‘Transportation dilemma ‘, transportation is probably the most notable form of technology people have been using for years. The use of public transport in terms of commuters’ satisfaction in Australia has always been few and far between. Some of the artefacts presented depicts the elements of issues which may impact the investment in future projects on improving infrastructure and technology for transportation such as the public train system, along with understanding government institution involvement in investing in these projects. Sydney being one of the major cities where the train system is managed by the state government who are heavily reliant on tax payer funding.  These artefacts highlight the constant struggles between government institution and commuters for quality and efficient services. Sympathising with commuters either in public transports or road usage, because of the limited availability of reliable roads or transports in Sydney. The dilemma of these socio technical issues arises from public social actors in society, in order to push for change: news and web debates frequently question the reliability of Roads and Trains services in Sydney. These are some of the key elements and identification in the form of ‘principle of action and structure’ in the form of transportation, social actor and structural constraints, people have agency in shaping, changing and enacting their social context and uses of ICT ( Sawyer, S.& Tyworth, M. 2006).


Theme two of the digital scrapbook begins to delve into the other side of technology which I have lovingly named ‘Digital Social Interaction’ the interaction with social media, the artefacts presented under this theme highlights some of the reoccurring factors that digital socialites encounters today.  The suitable way of describing these interactions is using Social informatics’ principle of the Seamless web, a web of sociology treating the material artefacts and social practices as bound up together in situated and mutually constituted activities (Kling, R.  1999). Beginning with the accessibility of technology, understanding the connectedness of today’s family helps attributes the details of usage of different age brackets. Following Identifying the underlying issues of social media overload, in terms of the different outlets of social media that is available out there, understanding the pros and cons of having any access to these social media outlets. Then looking into the practices of social media, how some of these practices are now part of our daily digital lives, some practices are now unconsciously a social norm within our society,  how do we know its ok to take a selfie? It is possible that it’s normal part of your life now.


Lastly we look at ‘Technology Overload’, a topic which extends from ‘Digital social interaction’, it makes sense that having increasingly unlimited access to ICT there are possible draw backs. Net addicts and web junkies: the new form of addiction happening online behind closed doors, inevitable outcomes for some, and vulnerable adolescence warped into mind numbing activities with little face to face social interaction. These are some of the socio technical phenomenon which is now part of our society.  The principle of change and continuity highlights these issue elements accordingly, as people and technology are continuously evolving but also are intertwined in creating this mechanism of change ( Sawyer, S.& Tyworth, M. 2006). Which in the case of ‘Technology overload’ sprouting issues like these are part of the change and continuity of socio technical phenomenon.




Kling, R. (2000), The Information Society: An International Journal Volume 16, Issue 3

Kling, R. (1999). What Is Social Informatics and Why Does It Matter? DLib Magazine,5(1), Available

Kling, Rob and Geoffrey McKim. (1998) “The Shaping of Electronic Media in Supporting Scientific Communication: The Contribution of Social Informatics.” In Jack Meadows, Editor. Electronic Communication and Research in Europe. European Commission. <>


Sawyer, S.& Tyworth, M.(2006). Social Informatics: Principles, Theory, and Practice. In Social Informatics: An Information Society for all? In Remembrance of Rob Kling. Springer Boston, p49-62.