25 things with Claudia Batten, part one

Claudia Batten is an entrepreneur who lives in the United States where she’s built several technology companies: Massive Incorporated, which sold to Microsoft, and Victor & Spoils, which sold to global advertising company Havas Worldwide. She’s passionate about technology and creating businesses of the future, working tirelessly with countless New Zealand tech companies as advisor and mentor. She’s spent the last three years working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise as their North American regional director and is currently a director of Serko (an online travel booking tool) and digital advisor to the board of Westpac New Zealand. In part one, she shares five things that worry her about social media. 

Five things that worry me about social media

  • After being a huge proponent of social media early on, I now worried we are too absorbed by the medium.
  • I worry that we care more about taking a good photo for Instagram than we do about being in the moment.
  • I worry we care more about what other people think about how our life looks than we care about how our life feels.
  • I worry our views on beauty are being warped beyond all recognition.
  • And I worry we are getting too polarised by people stating opinion and ‘facts’ on social media and in the process that we are losing the art of openness, inquiry and discourse.

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