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==The current state of social media is a symptom; it's a mirror. ==

This is true, but its worth acknowledging that these apps are purposefully built to be addictive [1]. Things like endless scroll, pull to refresh, like buttons, gamification, and more have been developed to make that mirror more psychologically compulsive.

[1] https://www.sciencefocus.com/future-technology/trapped-the-s...




Addiction is a problem, kinda. But it's not as big a problem as what happens when those over-connected minds are so happy to pursue confirmation bias, echo chambers, etc. __That__ is likely what many people are more addicted to. That is, for example, "I'm so great! Look how correct I am. Again!!!" Who doesn't love that feedback loop?

And doesn't that described the major of people on social media? They don't understand cause v correlation. They don't understand subjective v objective.


I think what you are describing IS the addiction.


Right. But people aren't addicted to the apps per se, they're addicted to themselves. So taking away the apps might temporarily slow down the disease, but that's still not a cure.


Quitting drinking isn't a cure for alcoholism, either. But the problem isn't the alcoholism, it's the alcohol.

Getting off of social media didn't make me a better person, but social media definitely made me a worse person. As I mentioned elsewhere, I jumped from reading two books a month to six. Those extra four books a month are making me a lot happier than the equivalent amount of cat videos and fighting with my fellow Democrats about which of our candidates sucks the least. The additional time playing guitar is making me a better guitarist, something I should value a lot more than snopesing the latest political quote meme. Going to bed earlier is better for my health than staying up another hour endlessly scrolling because I'm too tired to stop.

Alcoholics don't stop being alcoholics, but they can stop drinking, and stop subjecting themselves to the countless problems alcohol was creating for them. That's how I feel about Facebook. It created real problems for me, and when I quit, those problems have gone down.


Maybe. Fortnite is addictive in it's own, less self-obsessed way. Not sure which is healthier.


I'd say Fortnite is less unhealthy. My thought being, confirmation bias / echo chamber is relatively less real than Fortnite, but not realized as such. That's proving to be very dangerous to all of us.




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