I recently read an article in Wired Magazine entitled “Fear & Liking on Facebook”. Author Mat Honan liked EVERYTHING he saw on Facebook for a period of 48 hours. Result—the algorithm in Facebook’s code responded by immediately presenting him with three or four related links. Soon he was overwhelmed with brand messaging and content feeds and little or no human contact. The choices he made then affected the experiences of his friends on Facebook who thought he had either been hacked or abducted by aliens. Suddenly, he had a lot of explaining to do. Suddenly he lived in an online place where there was nothing he liked.
This story struck a chord. We know we are in control of what news and stories we “feed” ourselves yet we often expose ourselves daily to a stream of news and information via print and online media that is mostly negative. And how does this input affect our output—how we respond or interact with the world?
That is why I started Inspired Living. I came to a place in my life where I needed to feed my spirit with positive news and stories about people living a creative and rewarding life. I shared it with others because I thought they might need similar influences.
Starting today, I’m encouraging you to embrace a life filled with creativity and make it part of your everyday. I hope L’Inspired Living will have a positive effect not only on your newsfeed, but on your psyche as well.