Lifelogs: Unimportant Yet Unnerving

I haven’t directly created a lifelog for myself; I do not actively post pictures or update my timeline consistently on Facebook, nor do i have a Twitter. However, I do use Google everyday and I am aware that it tracks my location wherever I go. My lifelog is largely the product of my mother, the one who posts the majority of things related to me to her timeline, and then shares them with me. Facebook is creating a log of me indirectly through her, but the fact remains that my life, in photo and video form, is being stored and saved electronically. My strongest formulated thought on the concept (and process) of the lifelog is that while its existence is acknowledged, it does not necessarily constitute the whole of the advancements of the Internet.

I do find the whole concept of this never-ending collection of data by networks such as Facebook and Google to be slightly creepy at times, as if the Internet itself is creating a biography, or even an electronic mugshot,  of me whenever I use it, whenever I click a link or type down a few keystrokes to assemble a search item. However, I have grown used to this logging aspect of the web, and I feel that despite the logging’s unnerving nature,  it is a useful tool to gauge not only my life as it was in years past, but how the information the Internet collects about me can help solve problems I am facing in the present.

I do not often delve into my own past, and as such, the developing lifelog technology may be wasted on me. However, this also means that I will not abuse these technologies and services in the years to come as they will undoubtedly appear like the Remem in Truth of Fact. I guess what I’m try to say, to conclude this post, is that while I do acknowledge that the Internet is creating a lifelog of me, I will probably not be the man who looks at it for guidance, or even for reminiscence–it will just be a small blurb in the back of my mind, present yet forgettable.

6 thoughts on “Lifelogs: Unimportant Yet Unnerving”

  1. I definitely agree with the creepiness aspect of the Internet. While convenient, it can be very unnerving to know that I am constantly being watched and tracked. Also, I understand your hesitancy to using this lifelog for ethical and personal reasons.

  2. While you are right that If you do not use a lifelog, you can’t abuse it, my biggest concern is that other people will have access to my lifelog without my permission. Nothing online is 100% secure and if someone had your entire life and the tip of their fingers then they would have an uncomfortable amount of information on you .

  3. It’s interesting how you mentioned that regardless of the fact that you do not personally keep a lifelog, the internet still finds ways to document your life indirectly. For example, through your mom’s posts or even using the location the setting on a phone to track your location, creating a sort of virtual map of your past. I agree that it can definitely be unnerving, especially when the information is gathered from someplace other than yourself.

  4. I too do not ever anticipate actively using my assembled lifelog to search for something that happened long ago to settle some argument. However, I would argue that you are still using your lifelog right now, whether it is google tailoring which links to show you first, or looking back at a photo taken years ago, I do not think you can make the choice not to access this lifelog that has been made for you.

  5. I also find tracking and internet cookies to be a bit creepy but at the same time I think they’re very useful. Google tracks wherever I go and whatever other nonsense it records but I feel like it’s interesting to look at the data it has collected and I feel like if I was maybe on a Study Abroad semester it would be really really cool to see my paths and adventures as I study around the globe. And of course Facebook would help me document and remember it as well if I were to take pictures and upload. But the only thing that worries me is that all this info could be too easily accessed (not that I think it is) and it could possibly be used against me in some way, shape, or form.

    1. One thing that people overlook with cookies is that they allow us to stay logged into websites and services. They aren’t there just to stalk us and our activities but also make our lives a lot easier and make our experiences on the web a lot more seamless.

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