Social media has been connecting us since its inception. But what started as a seemingly harmless idea, has now been revealed to have a darker side.
Facebook has been in the headlines of late due to the private data they hold on us, however they are not the only ones who do so. Google and other social media sites also hold and store an abundance of data on us, and it seems that Facebook is currently being used as the scapegoat.
What’s even more hypocritical is the US government have been doing the things they are scrutinising Facebook for, and also using Facebook and Google to do so.
With this in mind, Facebook having our data may not be the only thing we should be concerned with. Social media is highly addictive and is this video Simon Sinek shares a comparison with how social media releases dopamine in the same way smoking, gambling and alcohol does.
Social media abuse is merely a symptom of societal pressures, and a lack of genuine real world connection. Banning and restricting things always lead to more people wanting the forbidden fruit. Real change comes from addressing the root cause and allowing people to make up their own minds.
An example of this would be smoking, the moment the dangers were really placed in peoples faces, citizens were able to prioritise their health- and smoking declined nearly 20% in 9 years.
Knowing your true worth comes from who you are as a person, and not how many Insta followers you have, will lead you to being less reliant on the little box in your pocket for recognition. Please share this article.