Asking questions and having an open mind have served journalist Lisa Ling well in her career, from working as a field reporter in war-torn Afghanistan to working on "The View" to executive producing and hosting OWN's "Our America" and CNN's "This is Life" to emceeing QuickBooks Connect (Android, iOS) in San Jose earlier this week. But she's worried that others are losing these abilities.
"I think that being an intrinsically curious person -- I've always been that way -- has helped me in my work as a journalist," she said. "It does, however, surprise me and continues to surprise me when people castigate others for asking questions and having an open mind. I think that's very scary."
Lisa Ling also spoke to Download.com about searching for answers on the CNN and Twitter apps, why she's never been curious enough to try an Android phone, and more.
What's the one app that you use the most?
I'm guilty for using Instagram (iOS, Android). I'm a little bit of an Instagram addict, but I'm trying to slow it down. Honestly, I really like seeing other people's kids grow up and staying connected. I think everyone is so busy, so it's nice to be able to stay connected to people you don't interact with all the time. The problem is an hour will go by and I'm still on it being unproductive, so I need to limit my use of it. But that's what I really like.
What's the last app you downloaded?
When you wake up in the morning, what are the first apps you look at?
I always check out CNN (iOS, Android). I don't always like what I see, but I'm kind of a news junkie, so I'll look at Twitter (iOS, Android) and CNN and see if the world has fallen apart while I was asleep. I don't know why I do that, but it's this compulsive thing that I do.
If you could invent your own app, what would it do?
To be honest with you, if I could invent my own app, it would propel myself and the people around me to interact with humans more, somehow. Maybe it would shut everything down because I do think we are not communicating with human beings as much as we should. We're more connected than we ever have been, yet reports of loneliness are skyrocketing and I think we need to use our media a little more sparingly and be conscious of the fact that we're not communicating with people as much as we should.
If there was an app that could save civilization, what would it be?
An app that just promotes kindness and goodness and doesn't allow people to be mean or say hateful things. I think that we need a real infusion of kindness these days because right now our politics and our media are so driven by fear and vitriol that it'd be nice to have an app that just reinforces the idea of goodness.
Are you an Android or Apple user? Why?
I'm an Apple user. I don't have anything against Android. I just went from BlackBerry to iPhone and only had an iPhone since, so I just know how to use it well. I think it's a beautiful device. I think it's really, really easy. I'm also a Mac person, so I just think that it's a much easier interface and sleek and cooler.
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