Adventures In Self Discovery To Transform Your Life
Our Screen Experiment
Remember the 20th Century? It was only 16 years ago. Since then we have experienced a revolutionary change in human experience. Our world is changing faster and more radically than ever before. Screens are reshaping humans and our civilization in extraordinary ways. People seem barely aware. Why?
We are the change. Our smartphones are changing our life styles and our identities. Our brains are changing. From childhood on, people everywhere are getting instant gratification from a screen. They are on their phones, computers, games and television all day long. Our young people hardly know any other world. Some are watching eleven hours of entertainment media daily. This is changing their brains, bodies and behavior in ways no humans ever have before. Screen life is the largest problem and opportunity we face in the 21st Century.
In the Fifties the television screen displaced radio as our source of news and entertainment. In the Sixties, we watched a man land on the moon. In the Eighties, computers came along, followed by the Internet. My first computer was an Atari ST in 1985. Back then people spent six hours a day in face to face social interaction and four hours on electronic media. By 2007 the proportion had reversed. Video games appeared in players and on computers. The first cell phones opened up a new world of experience. Ten years ago we got smartphones. Over 70% of Americans now have one. We use them to surf the web, check email, snap photos, update our social media and even place calls. Screens have changed how we experience our bodies and our world. Our smartphones made a new way of life possible, even mandatory.
Smartphones gather dozens of personal activities and interests into the palms of our hands. They offer limitless access to news, social networks, games, entertainment, e-mail, media, business, and lifestyle information. Smartphones give access to a wide range of social networks. Social networks have dedicated applications that let people read, post, share, like and follow from anywhere at any time.
An adult smartphone owner can check his balance, deposit to and transfer from his bank straight from a smartphone. Smartphones get used to store music, books, photos and video clips and play music, view and revise documents. About half of adults that own smartphones listen to music on their phones.
There are real benefits to owning and using a smartphone that are not easily available in other ways. From the smartphone in our pocket we can look up information about a health condition, check real estate listings, find a place to live, get information about a job. submit a job application, take a class or get educational content and look up government services or information. Smartphones get used to store music, books, photos and video clips and play music, view and revise documents. About half of adults that own smartphones listen to music on their phones.
We can use our phones to follow along with breaking news events, share pictures, videos or commentary, learn about community events or activities. We can report a problem in our neighborhood and get help in an emergency situation. We are using smartphones to lead productive lives and contribute to our communities. How did we ever live without them?
Diving Into The Screen
Screens are a lifestyle. Most Americans start and end their day looking at a screen. Seven in ten use social media. We live in a world of connected screens and services. According to the Pew Research Center, over 90% of Americans have a cellphone and 80% get their news from a screen. Three quarters own a smart phone. About half of them send 50 or more text messages a day.
Let's take a closer look. A large majority of Americans own a smartphone.
• The average user spends 23 hours a week emailing, texting, using social networks, watching online videos, playing online games and reading or writing blogs.
• They spend 8 hours a week on email, 7 hours on Facebook, 5 hours each on YouTube, Google+ and Twitter.
• Most adults smartphones will be with them 22 hours a day.
• They will check their phones 10-12 times an hour.
Many of us (62%) wake up and check our calls. We check Twitter, check Facebook, check Snapchat. We watch a YouTube video, look for text messages, download a TV show. We do some online shopping, play a video game, look at an online dating site. What am I missing?
Teenagers live by checking their smartphone, sending texts, googling information, taking pictures, uploading videos and photos to Facebook, Instagram, or other social media. At the same time they are watching TV, exchanging email, sending IMs, texting, talking or social networking. Teens would rather text than voice call. They are plugged into music all the time.
Teenagers check their smartphones at every meal regardless of whom they are dining with. Most teenagers sleep with their phones. They send an average of 34 texts a night after they get into bed. They get connected within 5 minutes of waking up. Forty percent never unplug, ever. They send 100 plus texts a day.
Young people worry that they are missing something or being left out. They prefer fast and controllable digital relationships. They value the ability to constantly receive the latest information and connect with the people they most value. Brought up on screens, they tend to avoid face to face eye contact.
One third of adults use their smartphones while dining or on dinner dates. Twelve percent of adults use their phone in the shower. Twenty percent admit to texting while having sex. Many people (70%) admit to driving while texting. This is 6 times more dangerous than driving drunk. Those are amazing changes in the way people live.
Most smartphones owners multitask on their phones. They simultaneously watch TV, exchange email, send IMs, text, talk or use social networks. They shop using their smartphone. They send e-mails, photos, texts to a family members while listening to the news. This overactivity may lead the person to dependency on the phone to the point of addiction. Of Americans, 42 percent said they could not live without their smartphones.
We now have abilities no human has ever had before. From the palm of our hand we can talk, text, tweet, email, blog, play games, gamble, follow auctions, shop, watch pornography, get the news, take photos or videos, access information, keep up with friends and buy stuff. People are on their phones because it is easy, attractive, amusing, engaging and compelling. Time just goes by.
We have become part human, part screen. We are screen beings. We are accompanied, guided, supported, educated, entertained and enslaved by screens. This is not optional, not a choice. It is a requirement. There is no turning back or away from screen being. Our screen experience is like no human experience ever before. We are training ourselves to watch and react to frightening experiences. Screen experiences are not real. Life at the speed of screen is not natural. Our body does not know that. It reacts as if it were the spectator or victim.
People are leaving this material world. Our screens create a shell of subjective reality we can escape into. We can drag our fingers across a screen and enter a world of imagination and pretense. If the real world seems too demanding, we can withdraw to a screen. We can find a virtual world that seems less demanding, safer, more interesting.
Many of us now live much of our life in a two dimensional world of sight and sound on a screen. We create a make-believe person to present as ourself for the world to admire. Always busy, we are moved by screen demands to do the next thing. We are driven by our screens. We worry about the peril of being out of touch. Many people are sending 60-100 text messages a day, yet feel alone and left out. They create their own busy-ness by supporting the demands of email out and in. Then on to IM'ing, Facebook, whatever.
Many families spend more time watching TV and interacting with their computer and smart phone than they do with each other. The two demons of today’s life are FOMO (fear of missing out) and FONK (fear of not knowing). Even so screen life is often not fulfilling. You always have new wants, new needs and you must update.
Are we letting our lives get channeled by our screens, defined and controlled by others? Well...try this adventure (1)
_ Do you regularly check your phone for new messages?
– Do you need to respond immediately?
– Do you turn your attention away from others to take calls?
– Do you find yourself checking your tweets, texts and Facebook page while not listening to the person across from you?
– Do you feel anxious when you do not have your phone nearby?
– Did you just feel your phone vibrate?
It is little wonder that 40% of the population is affected by a new disease, nomophobia. The fear of being without their smartphone. Although their smartphone is seldom out of reach, 70% of women and 61% of men have phone separation anxiety.
Our smartphone has become an essential part of living. Our phone knows where it is and how fast it is moving. It can see, hear and tell us about what's going on anywhere in the world. We use it to design and coordinate our fast moving life. Our smartphone can pass all that information along to whoever wants to know.
When you got your smartphone, you gave up being a private person. Your phone is generating data about everything you are seeing, saying and doing. All your data gets stored in 'the cloud', a network of remote servers housed in giant warehouses. Multiple copies may be stored for security. You have no control over what is done with your data or who can access it.
Who Are You?
Our world is no larger than the distance from our phone to our face and the size of the screen that absorbs us. Our cultural toys are mesmerizing. They offer wish fulfillment for the price of our attention and a few bucks. We spend hours listening to digital music, texting, playing games, watching videos and checking our favorite sites.
“We become what we behold.”
People are afraid of being alone with themselves. They have a deep need to be connected and involved with other people all the time. Every human wants to matter, to be noticed, admired, maybe to be a celebrity. To get this kind of attention we must advertise ourselves. Social media opened the gates to personal micro-celebrity. Every waking hour we can present ourselves to whoever will reward us with their attention. We can build a second hand life online by building relationships with strangers. We can have Internet-only friends who fully accept the fantastic person we now present. We are in an epidemic of “look at me.”
People want status, to be seen as special. Look at this selfie. We want to be part of the tribe. Always connected, always included and having fun with many followers and friends. Always acting and getting feedback on how cool we are. YOLO you only live once, get it now or go without.
Our online life gets lived mostly as a disembodied voice and image. We construct and refine an online identity to get maximum attention and approval from our 'friends'. Like a child, we become dependent on the responses of others like a child. Satisfaction comes from a large number of people noticing our imaginary identity online.
We can present ourselves any way we want to be seen. We can change at will to a new me. We can make little performances for ourselves and friends or anyone who might check it out. This is the Internet of 'Me', created by me, for me. We are alone even when we are together. Couples sit side by side or eating dinner together texting rather than talking. We may be turning ourselves into packaged humans, made up to look like we're living a life? I do not intend to insult or anger anyone by these observations. We have a real problem here.
We show ourselves to other people to get their reactions. Their response is our reward for making our self attractive and interesting. We need the little hits of the neurotransmitter dopamine we get when posting and receiving messages. This is the engine behind our disclosures on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. They promise constant connection, admiration, maybe even love. We become self-obsessed in a repeating cycle of show and tell.
Privacy gone, I can be constantly acting before my 356 online 'friend's'. I get feedback that I am cool, part of the tribe and someone special. All this takes time and effort to prepare and present. I can produce a whole different self to get and keep this attention. I check up on the performance effect of my pretend self several times a day. I become an imaginary person with fleeting connections to others like myself. The more connected I become the more alone I feel. My status gets determined by how many 'friends' I have. The optimal number is 302.
Like Narcissus, we look into the pool at ourselves. A self we made up to be admired like a celebrity. Celebrities are all surface, playing a part instead of simply being who they are. Screen beings are the same. Our fans are our friends plus anyone else we can attract. Friends know it's a made up you. They are doing it too. We all experience the fate of the celebrity. How many people have looked at me today. We must always be doing something more to catch and hold people's attention. We can never just be me.
An actor friend of mine once complained that the people he met treated him like the character he played on television. They never related to the real him. They wanted in on the drama. People who get trapped in desperate narcissism become self-consuming and terminally boring. They are letting a whole lifetime of rich experience go by unnoticed. You can only be the real you face to face with people who can experience the reality of you.
Communicating directly with each other will make us happier and wealthier than any screen can. We only learn empathy and understanding face to face by watching how our actions affect other humans. Interactions need to be direct, social, firsthand and concrete. Children learn by paying attention to other humans. Kids need sleep, exercise, basic life skills, family time and time off for imaginative pursuits and nature. So do adults. You can find ways to be quiet, to pay attention to yourself, to listen to your inner voice. In solitude, we find ourselves, cultivate our imagination. Screens take people away from themselves as well as from other humans.
People use their smartphones automatically, habitually without awareness an average of five times every waking hour. Young adults are using their phones 5 hours a day, 85 separate times. Among Americans, 46% say they cannot live without their smartphone.
When our attention is always looking for the next thing, we seldom know the present in its fullness. In this social network world you are just an image to all but a few personal friends. If you don't update, you cease to exist. If you just want to be left alone, you are the isolated human in a connected crowd.
Screen life is also flat. We substitute two dimensional images and gossip for the richness of life. Am I being seen? Nobody’s looked yet. We make up and embellish a person we couldn’t pull off face to face. My fear is that we will become lost among our apps and gadgets. We will forever run after the next ‘new’ thing for the instant hit of pleasure. We will lose our humanity and our connection to the earth, to the sky and to each other.
We are losing touch with ourselves, other people and with nature. We spend much less time making or growing things. Our fingers are busy stroking our screens and pressing buttons. Our selves are disconnecting from our bodies and becoming images on screens. We are merging with our screens as they become ourselves. No smartphone can deliver the bliss of being present and open to the beauty of life. The ripple of light as the wind converses with a field of grass. The chirp of a tiny bird whose territory you have invaded.
I stood on a bridge spanning the Carmel Valley River watching the changing ribbons of sunlight on the riverbed. A young woman walked onto the bridge, smartphone in hand. She paused, glanced over the rail, raised her phone and took a picture. She turned, walked to the other side of the bridge, took another and walked off. She had experienced the river and had photos to show for it. Will you live the rest of your life as an extension of your smartphone?
Computers and smart phones make it easy for us to do a thousand little things. They become an extension of our body. They shape a fascinating, new reality. Unfortunately it is one in which we may become slaves. It is time to pay attention to what our machines are making us. Ask yourself,
Do I actually control how I think and feel and act?
Can I disconnect?
All day we check for calls, check Facebook, YouTube, the latest awfulness. We play violent games that load up our stress chemistry. We spend the evening watching television, experiencing the build up of tension every 15 minutes before the ads. We go to bed with our smartphone. We are seldom if ever calm, peaceful, still. We allow constant, intrusive surveillance of our actions and thoughts by machines that extract meaning and sell us to advertisers.
In a vicious circle, we can become indifferent to the real world and people, value the meaningless approval of strangers online, seek recognition from people we don’t know, fail to interact with people we do know, lose connection to the real world and real people, become dependent on screen life.
You are an adult human being. You have choice. You can choose to use your smartphone for the good things it can do. You can choose to avoid using it for the harmful things it can do.
There are physical effects from smartphone use that we need to be aware of and careful about.
The light from the smartphone prevents the brain from releasing melatonin, our natural sleep chemical. As a result, our bodies don't register that we are tired. Overuse of smartphones interrupts sleeping patterns. We do not function as well during the day. Our body clocks are out of balance which may also make us prone to depression. Exposure to the blue light of the phone can cause retinal damage. Using a smart phone can be associated with with headaches, impaired memory and concentration, fatigue, dizziness and disturbed sleep. These are all symptoms of radiation sickness.
Some people find they are texting while they are asleep. They wake up to a text they don’t remember sending. Sleep texting has a noticeable impact on sleep quality. Take a break from screentime especially right before bedtime Keep your phone out of your bed. Get sunlight first thing in the morning to rebuild your body chemistry.
While walking around using your phone, your awareness shrinks to one fifth of normal. You are not really present. Are you becoming a smombie, a person walking while using a smartphone while not paying attention to anything else? You are missing most of your life, eye contact with others, the amazing flow of people, events and sights around you. Turn off your phone, put it away. Reconnect with life.
Screen Master or Screen Slave, Your Choice
It's not the TV or the game, the computer or the phone that's the problem. It's us. We are skirting the edges of addiction. Addiction begins with something that draws your attention. It attracts you by offering a reward. It gives you a hit of pleasure and then fades, leaving a desire for more.
Here's an adventure (2), possibly the most challenging one in this book.
• You need a transparent container about 5” X 7”, a clear plastic box or window envelope will do.
• Take a small piece of paper or card. Write the time and date on it and put it in the box.
• Turn off your phone and put it in the box.
• Seal the box with a strip of tape.
• Put the box out of the way but clearly visible in the room you are usually in.
• Do not open the box and use the phone for as long as you possibly can.
• When you must unseal and use the phone, note the time and date on the paper and any impressions of your phone free experience.
• Do this once a week or more often if possible.
• Keep a log of your smartphone use.
Are you a screen master or a screen slave?
The monkey with the wire in his head will press the bar over and over to get the hit of pleasure until he dies of starvation. For too many people, life has become searching, updating, reviewing, tweeting, posting, commenting, capturing images, then repeat. Hours, days and weeks get spent adding content to Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat. A survey of U.S college students found that 38 percent said they could not go more than ten minutes without checking their laptop, smartphone, tablet or e-reader.
A survey of U.S college students found that 38 percent said they could not go more than ten minutes without checking their laptop, smartphone, tablet or e-reader.
The addiction is not really to the screen. It is the process that draws us. The feeling of convenience, independence, power and excitement brings us back again and again. We get a rush when they succeed and we have an obsessive desire to repeat the experience. Much more satisfying to stay online than in the real world. We are losing the path to rewarding engagement with work, with other humans and with nature.
You are where your attention is. Going online you become a shadow of your screen. Extended use of the Internet leads to a decline in the ability read facial expressions and communicate effectively. To truly be with another person you have to be looking at them, picking up clues from eyes, body language, speech and reacting constantly so you both know you are together. Looking people in the eye, giving them a hug are the ancient skills are that make us human.
When you answer your phone you become another person. You start talking loudly and act as if nobody else exists. They don't, for you. Other people experience your absence instantly. They feel dismissed, left out, resentful. That's built in, a part of our heritage.
Screen world offers vivid experiences and vast loads of information to anyone who will pay attention. Everybody out there is trying to get your attention They want your time and then your money. Your phone lives you for the purposes and profits of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.
Headphones on, face to screen, you are no longer a human being. You are a screen being. Your life experience is chosen for you by people who decide what you see and hear. They sell your attention to people who want you to buy their stuff.
Ever spend a day as a human being instead of a screen being? No smartphone, computer, video game, television, earphones? Do you even know any human beings? Many children are now and always will be screen beings. Their problem will be relating to human beings. Check it out. How long can they be without their machines?
Screen life is a revolution in who we are, how we think and act. The promise is that we can be whoever we want to be. The reality is that we are who 'they' want us to be. We allow constant, intrusive surveillance of our actions and thoughts by machines that extract meaning and sell us to advertisers. To Facebook and Google you are not a human being. You are a data being, to be collected, manipulated and sold to people who want your attention and money. Whoever controls the screen we are watching controls us. They shape our beliefs and actions to fit their needs. We are experimental humans crafted by television, video games and social media to fit their need for more and more dollars.
We think we are the owners and masters of our smart phones. Not so. We make the social media's product as we upload our life. We are their product as they sell our attention to advertisers. We are not. The owners and operators of the networks own us. They have more detailed profiles of us than we can imagine. They know us better than we know ourselves. They shape their products and services to attract our attention so we buy more stuff.
Social networking may also be reducing our empathy and personal communication skills. Multi-tasking is not making us smarter or more productive. Heavy search engine surfing leads to quick, superficial processing. It takes time and research to build deep knowledge and understanding. We get satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment from hard work, from a real challenge or from creative expression. We thrive on the ability to pace our day to our own speed and choice. We need some time for quiet reflection. None of this is on offer online.
A friend of mine loves to travel. He's visited the usual London, Paris, Bombay and Peking. But he's also seen Madagascar, the Outer Hebrides, and Baffin Bay. Where does he get the time and money? He lies in bed with his smartphone.
As digital replaces biological, our experience gets shallower. We may suffer from 'nature deficit disorder.' We've travelled everywhere, seen everything...on a flat screen. We've missed the richness and riot, the vastness and tiny detail of direct experience. Even our best buddy becomes as shallow as a Facebook page.
The next big thing for people like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is a move to Virtual Reality. You will be wearing the machine that creates a three dimensional reality for you. You can experience enormous reach and power. This also makes the machine an avenue of power for whoever controls its input. You could lie in bed, fed intravenously, exercised by robot hands. On your VR you travel all over the world and do whatever's left of your job. VR might take over and deliver all work functions that are not already digitized or robotized.
Soon enough the functions of today's screen could get built into your body. You could become a symbiont, part human/part machine. You would get integrated with everything around you, human and machine. You will link to family, friends, community, car, toaster, fridge and toilet. It may not be possible to live without getting networked and datified with much of your behavior guided or controlled by machines.
What's In It For Me?
To be fully human we need a strong sense of self, with a unique, internal narrative. We have an inner story going on that is ours only. We find a sense of fulfillment through hard work, challenges and achievements. You need to be yourself, alone and independent. Your health and happiness come from your real life and body in this world now. Every moment we spend online takes us away from direct experience into an artificial world.
How can we take back our time and attention. We need to back out of screen life far enough to make it a useful tool rather than a demanding master. I think this is entirely up to us as individuals. We make the choices and we take the actions that make changes.
More, more, now, now keeps you stuck. Freedom is found in simplicity. Joy is in this moment. I walk through the woods, open to its quiet beauty, allowing myself to expand and experience nature. A couple walks by holding hands and watching screens, barely aware enough to squeeze by without running into me. A screen being rides by on a horse, totally engaged with her smartphone.
Have you ever just sat on a beach and become the sunset? Followed a stream through the woods and encountered the universe? We need time for figuring out who we are and want to be. We want to develop a sense of self and purpose. We need self-reflection and a narrative about who we are. Inwardly, we need sustained attention for deep understanding. We need to preserve and protect a sense of self that is different and separate from the outside world. We need time to play, to daydream, to be still in nature, and to create.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear.”
Henry David Thoreau
For deep connection and lasting relationships, you need face time with people you love and trust. As an adult human you need the strong sense of identity that comes from your relations with people. You need to connect with the environment.
To enjoy your life you must be present, spending time here. These adventures (3) will bring your awareness and attention into the moment and make you the master of your life.
• Set a positive goal toward being in control, independent, self-reliant, and distant from screens. Write it down.
• Limit yourself to one screen activity at a time. Then turn away and do anything different for several minutes.
• Keep several hours of the day screen free, that includes television and games. Without your smartphone or any demands on your time.
• Take time to be with another person. Talk, share experiences and feelings or simply be together quietly.
• Invite someone you like or would like to know on a walk with you through a lovely, natural place.
• Stop near someone you recognize and just have a chat.
• Hand write a letter to someone you value.
• Carry a notebook with you and jot notes as thoughts arise.
• Keep a handwritten journal.
• Do anything that involves working with your hands.
• Take part in a club, a meeting, a sport.
• Sit in a beautiful place and just become all of that.
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau
Our screens are giving us new ways to learn and to communicate. When we get past being amused and distracted and ripped off by purchasing trivia, we can get on with doing what humans are good at. We will find new ways of being and expressing our humanity.
Screen life is a huge change. It is also a great opportunity. When you put a screen between yourself and what's happening right now, you are living an artificial life. You are living on and for your screens. Your screens are living you. Each selfie is a record of a moment of life that you missed. This is the experience you are allowing yourself.
I am standing in the sand on the beach looking out across the calm, blue sweep of Monterey Bay. Two shrimp boats are plying their trade. Waves crash against a pile of rocks that shelter a small tidal pond. Shore birds stand around it meditating. A flight of pelicans sweeps along behind. A lone surfer paddles about looking for the sweet spot. The sun shining on my back takes the chill out of the breeze. Nearby a child crouches absorbed in picking and poking about in the miracle of shells and seaweed that lie all about. Her mother stands, arm extended, absorbed in the “selfie” she is taking on her smartphone, oblivious to the wonders around her. “Mommy. Look at this!” “Don't! You're jiggling my arm.”
No one is doing your life to you. You shape your life by what you allow, choose and act on. Your phone is a useful tool, no more. Turn off your phone when you are not using it this way. Come back to living. Give yourself the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of 3D living
We are individuals. We connect to an outside world as we choose. We have a private inner life which is our identity, our inner story. We preserve and protect a sense of self that is different and separate from anyone else. Our understanding is unique to each of us and different from anyone else's.
We are built to seek and enjoy being together with friends. We need to see them to read their body language and touch them to confirm our trust. We rely on the back and forth of conversation to ground our being. We also need frequent and long periods of quiet in nature. We lost much of that since the 1950s when our attention got sucked into the television screen.
Young people need free time playing outdoors, reading, doing hobbies and using their imaginations in free play. Everyone needs time to daydream, to deal with problems and to process their thoughts. We need to share them with friends who can provide reassurance.
“The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.” Isaac Asimov (1964 prediction)
Recently, I was sitting on a rock along the river absorbed in the play of sunlight on sycamore leaves and their reflections in the water. A couple walked past on the path above me, “Oh, Bob. Take a picture of me looking at what we are looking at so I can send it to Maxine so she can look at what we are looking at.”
A life driven by desires, organized by machines, is not my vision of the new humans. If you are alive and paying attention, you cannot be alone. There is a whole vibrant world around you. There is no way for us to be isolated and self-sufficient. We are built to be with people. We must contribute to get. One way is to form and reform small ad hoc productions to fund our living and communities. We can detach from frantic narcissism and empty acquisition. We can learn from the impulses of our being. We can innovate and communicate from the bottom up.
Survival in this emerging world compels us to change our points of view and open up our belief systems. Let us return to now, to our body, to nature. There is no way to tell how all this will turn out, no way to tell how your life will turn out. If you want any say in it, you will get deeply involved with NOW.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
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