Social media plays a big part in human lives. It is the same as with chocolate. Too much is a headache, a little bit: you want more of it. Do you like it? Can you see a difference between you as you were a couple of decades and now?
How much of time do you spend using social media?
The company where I learn about Internet Marketing advises half an hour per day for social media. I think that for die-hard fans of Facebook and Instagram is a big NO.
It is too much of a temptation, and I always feel unhappy when I see how much time I wasted searching various topics. It is like a swamp.
Do you remember the movie Lord of the Rings where Frodo was looking into the swamp water? He felt mesmerized, or maybe better would be hypnotized.
Happily, Sam saved him from drowning in cold water with lurking creatures. Sometimes I feel the same way.
Additionally, the time spent on social media is similar to kissing through the glass. It looks fascinating, but in the end, you are lost and empty-handed.
Of course, it is different when you use social media platforms to earn money or spread a piece of news about your activities, contacting your friends or team, family.
Why does social media attract so many people?
Previously I thought that content and news feed keep constant excitement and enable to return again and again.
Finally, I got the answer after reading Jaron Lanier’s book Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts.
He described everything so perfectly because of being in the center of creation algorithms.
These ten arguments are:
- People lose free will
- Alhorithms make difficult for people to corect themselves
- People easily become assholes using social media
- The truth in social media is undermined
- Nobody hears what you say on social media, if you do not shout loudly and behave in reckless way
- The empathy evaporates using social media
- People lose joy
- Profits on social media do not occur in a honest way
- Social media mixes up regarding politics
- Social media does not care about your soul
Does social media cares about your emotional being and soul?
There are two different things: emotions and soul. Social media uses algorithms to explore human weaknesses and, later on, its uses for their own good. You see ads after you visited a website and other similar topics jumping into your social media feed.
Do you think that somebody cares about your feelings? Family or friends, yes, but not random commenters and acquaintances who are attracted by algorythms.
Besides, social media is full of fake accounts that make a mess and can interfere with serious things such as the formation of opinions
Knowing that machines regulate our emotions and influence makes me not so happy about virtual friends and various topics.
The previous year and this one differs immensely. Social media did not add any easiness and explanation of what is going on. Thankfully, alternative media shows up. It does not push you in the direction picked by algorithms, at least for now.
Jaron Lanier was right that giving up on social media would free from misery, emptiness in the soul, and waste of time.
A good book can make a difference that will serve as the tool for human evolution, not degradation.