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What is the impact of social media’s culture of entitlement?

http://www.senseimarketing.com/social-medias-culture-of-entitlement/

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I’ve made many videos about smartphone addiction and the negative effects of
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social media on our society because the two are now
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irrevocably intertwined I woke up yesterday morning
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I got on the train to work and I took a look around me I saw people’s on the
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fight on their phones about 25 percent to people
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were engrossed in their handsets now to be fair this seems perfectly fine it’s
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no different people reading newspapers or books on public transport
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but as we all know there’s something I might more sinister
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about the smartphone phenomenon there’s a little game to watch the play
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it’s called sparked the smartphone user the next time you go anywhere
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and I need anywhere down the street to your nearest city or town
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whether you’re stuck in traffic in a restaurant pub cinema in the park or in
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the gym
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I want you to count how many people are either on their smartphone
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holding their smartphone or talking on their smartphone I mean people really
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can’t be separated from them
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it’s like an extra limb once you are primed to see people with blank
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expressions on their faces
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heads down their grip tightly fastened to these rectangular devices
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you will never be able to go back to not noticing this
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and I guarantee you you’ll find it just a little bit disturbing
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now it’s clear that smartphones are an amazing piece of technology of science
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fiction proportions
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from software to hardware their all-round genius
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and the devices themselves are not the problem it’s what they do to their users
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it’s the addictive features and the applications that are the problems
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the detrimental impact they have on concentration levels
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social skills and the anxiety experience from dependency
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on them now when I’ve raise this issue before there has been some people who
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have disagreed with me which is fine
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it’s a free world and I respect everyone’s opinion I’ve been criticized
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for being a load ice
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and when I took this argument too extreme citing a potential
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orwellian dystopian nightmare world from the developer of products like Google
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glass
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I received many comments saying that I was being hypocritical
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because I was using the very technology I was bashing
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so I’d like to address this concern I love technology
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have done since I saw my first Star Trek episode I’m a big fan of what the
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technology can do for us
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but not a fan what it does to us in my criticism of the conversion technologies
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are smartphones
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social media and Google glass I was not also lumping in all other technologies
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with them
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to believe that that was my intention is an oversimplification of my original
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argument my iMac allows me to create videos and be creative
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facebook is a place where people effectively live in a virtual reality
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world
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removed from their lives I’d also like to take my justification for this reason
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a little bit further
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I really fear for the future the children being born now
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digital natives as they are known they will never know what it’s like to live
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in a world without smartphones are iPad’s
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which again in itself is the problem I don’t know what it’s like to live in a
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world without the motorcar microwave cooker dishwasher
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vacuum cleaner radio or the television but I don’t get cravings to sit in my
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car or use my microwave
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I don’t become anxious in public or when conversation with a friend in a
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restaurant that maybe I should go home in microwave some popcorn
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in a manner similar to how addicted smartphone Facebook user
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would rudely pick up their phone in mid-conversation to check if someone had
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like 10 inane comment they’d made about what their eating at that moment
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when people say to me Dave you’re leveling the same arguments that smart
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phones and Facebook
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as previous generations have towards the mass consumerization of television or
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any other form of entertainment
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again this is an absolutist interpretation of what I’m saying
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I don’t have any problem with any of these products
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but it’s important to make a critical distinction here Facebook is not
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entertainment like television or radio before us it’s supposedly a form of
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communication
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and socializing and as I said before a great many people are using it to
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replace real world interaction
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they’re using Twitter hash tags to begin conversations with their friends
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that they really should have been a more fulfilling and meaningful way in person
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that television cars and microwaves contribute their fair share to pollution
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but besides that they aren’t a big problem in how we socialize
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we should absolutely invent machines to do boring painful are dangerous physical
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labor
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or to carry out number crunching tasks but I don’t think
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we should invent machines to replace our social abilities
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if we do think about what’s left what’s left of our humanity
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if we lose the very things that make a splash in blood
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to quote sherry Turkle in her TED talk alone together
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not that long ago we were trying to figure out how we would keep computers
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busy
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now we know that once we networked with each other
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once computers were our portal to being with each other we really don’t have to
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worry about keeping computers busy
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they keep us busy its kinda first though
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we are there killer app it seems that people
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are as busy now CEOs of corporations were 20 years ago,
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I mean does the average Joe really need a personal organizer app to manage their
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daily lives
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there’s so much distraction so many online social media services to be
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invested
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the remaining band with for your attention is very small
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furthermore smartphones have also blurred the lines between work
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and home many companies now expect their employees to check work emails while
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commuting at home
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after hours or on weekends because they can
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and employees feel the need to do is in order to either look busy
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or deal with their increasing workloads the problem with this is
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although it may make people initially fairly productive
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overtime when this unwritten rule becomes a requirement
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personal time will be a relative term the employees
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will be given more work and the added advantage that they gain from being able
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to respond to client and customer emails
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or do work from home will be gone technology is an excellent means of
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communication
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but there’s a big difference between communicating and socializing
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when you see all these people compulsively reaching for their
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smartphones when driving a car or walking down the street
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occasionally glancing upwards to check if they’re going to bump into someone
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you get the sense that the next logical step is the integration of this
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technology
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into their bodies already smartphones are kind of part of people
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Google glass devices like it will bring the technology
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and social media even closer to them ocular implants or maybe even brain
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chips at the 22nd century
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will take this further again and if you think a being overdramatic
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just look at where we were forty years ago in computing terms
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go back just ten years ago or fifteen years ago
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no one could have predicted the advancements we’ve made
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the next generation could be enslaved to social networks for their emotional
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validation
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how could are from reality to people need to be calm before we recognize
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there’s a problem
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the degradation of the meaning of the word friend and the devaluation a face
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to face communication
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this is what we’ve already experienced the consumer technology sector is
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booming so it’s easy to justify its continued growth
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and as long as it makes money will continue on down this road for the
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foreseeable future
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I can completely empathize with someone who says that
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if they leave their mobile phone at home they will feel anxious because they
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won’t be able to contact someone
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in an emergency I totally get that it’s a very useful tool
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and a hard one to dispense with I have a big problem however
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when someone says that they would feel anxious about leaving their phone at
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home
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because they won’t be able to stay connected with people on social media
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a place where the level of interaction is incredibly shallow
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it’s troubling to think that people can’t go extended periods
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without being able to receive likes pluses hearts posts and read tweets
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the problem with making and he kinda arguments are putting forward an idea on
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the internet and a specially YouTube
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is that people believe that you want your opinion to be 100 percent
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vindicated
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and you won’t accept being wrong even if you are
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you will be close minded and only accept evidence that supports your argument
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you only listen to stories in research that you want to believe to be true
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it’s basically confirmation bias hell there’s even a like or dislike button
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for people to effectively
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vote if they agree with you or not realistically I don’t have much ego
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invested in this
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believe me there is no one who wants to be more wrong about this potential
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future than I do
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I’m merely raising my concerns in the hopes that people recognize the negative
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affects
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are the ubiquitous technologies the digital interconnected H
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if I go to bed tonight and slip into a coma to awake
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thirty years from now and find that all is right with the world
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and smart devices ocular implants and Cyborg like technologies
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didn’t drive humanity into enslavement and social degradation
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I will be genuinely ecstatic other rather bombed
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now being sixty years old so as a result of this
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I’ve decided enough is enough I have no problems for smartphones are people use
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them
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but would like to exert my own control over how I interact with the Internet
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and not the other way around I’ve purchased a new phone
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and non smartphone that’s right I’m downgrading
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from my iPhone to a Nokia 1413
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because when I walk down the street I’d like to see where I’m going
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that’s it for now guys as always I’m very much looking forward to your
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comments
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on this topic thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video
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bye bye

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http://jdmoyer.com/2011/11/28/overstimulation-and-desensitization-how-civilization-affects-your-brain/

http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-creepy-ways-corporations-are-turning-you-into-addict/

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