For our latest episode, we step inside the screen and explore how we all lead parallel lives on the Internet. How do we change when we act as our digital selves? Here are some insights from TED speakers on our episode Screen Time - Part II
  1. Our sense of time and space gets warped.
    Ever had that moment where you look up from your phone and been shocked by how much time has passed? Welcome to the age of the “digital now” says Abha Dawesar. She says because the Internet doesn’t distinguish between the past, the present and the future, we are left with this feeling of everything happening all the time -- and it’s hard to keep up with that pace:
  2. We get more creative.
    Second Life creator Philip Rosedale says we’re drawn to virtual spaces because they allow us to explore in ways we can’t in the real world. Rosedale says technologies like Oculus Rift will also democratize experiences in the future -- so soon we’ll all know what it’s like to go to space or underwater to the deepest depths of the ocean.
  3. Sometimes, we give into mob mentality.
    Writer Jon Ronson says while social media gives a voice to the voiceless, we’ve created a surveillance society, where we shout out the people who don’t agree with us. He says some people are “creating a stage for constant artificial high dramas where everybody's either a magnificent hero or a sickening villain, even though we know that's not true about our fellow humans.”
  4. We sometimes forget other people are watching.
    Not just people, but also algorithms. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck says even if you’re careful about what you put online, algorithms can tell a lot about you just from your sheer presence on the Internet. It’s a brave new world.