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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 17 February 2019 - 01:10 PM

Fifteen Devastating Quotes That Show How Dangerous Social Media Has Become to Society







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BY JOHN HAWKINS
FEBRUARY 14, 2019



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Once you get beyond the government, the greatest threats to free speech and free thought in America are the social media companies that have been allowed to become monopolies. If there is such a thing as a public square in the modern world, these companies increasingly control it and decide who gets heard, who doesn't, and what ideas the public is ALLOWED to see. This is much more dangerous to our republic than most people realize. You'll get a better idea of why that is as you read these quotes.



1. "A handful of people, working at a handful of technology companies, through their choices will steer what a billion people are thinking today. I don't know a more urgent problem than this. It's changing our democracy, and it's changing our ability to have the conversations and relationships that we want with each other." Ė Former Google employee Tristan Harris

2. "Randomized, controlled experiments conducted with more than 10,000 people from 39 countries suggest that one company alone ó Google LLC, which controls about 90 percent of online search in most countries ó has likely been determining the outcomes of upwards of 25 percent of the national elections in the world for several years now, with increasing impact each year as Internet penetration has grown." Ė Robert Epstein

3. "The YouTube algorithm that I helped build in 2011 still recommends the flat earth theory by the *hundreds of millions.* This investigation by @RawStory shows some of the real-life consequences of this badly designed AI.... So basically we have the two best AIs of the world, on Instagram and YouTube, competing to convince people that the earth is flat. Because it yields large amounts of watch time, and watch time yields ads. This is a #raceToTheBottom....Flat Earth is not a 'small bug.' It reveals that there is a structural problem in Google's and Facebook's AIs: they exploit weaknesses of the most vulnerable people, to make them believe the darnedest things." -- Former YouTube and Google employee Guillaume Chaslot

4. "The dynamics of the attention economy are structurally set up to undermine the human will. If politics is an expression of our human will, on individual and collective levels, then the attention economy is directly undermining the assumptions that democracy rests on. If Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are gradually chipping away at our ability to control our own minds, could there come a point, I ask, at which democracy no longer functions?" Ė Former Google strategist James Williams

5. "Social networking sites might tap into the basic brain systems for delivering pleasurable experience. However, these experiences are devoid of cohesive narrative and long-term significance. As a consequence, the mid-21st-century mind might almost be infantilised, characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity." Ė Oxford professor Susan Greenfield

6. "Twice as many teenagers now have depression as a generation ago. This high rate of depression has no biological explanation. Instead, it appears to be caused by engagement with social media on smartphones. It's now clear that there's a strong association between use of social media and depression in adolescents. The more depressed adolescents are, the more they use social media; the more they use social media, the more depressed they are. Which causes which is unclear, but whatever the cause, it's a vicious cycle." -- Dr. Nassir Ghaemi

7. "Just before July fourth, for example, Facebook automatically blocked a post from a Texas newspaper that it claimed contained hate speech. Facebook then asked the paper to 'review the contents of its page and remove anything that does not comply with Facebook's policies.' The text at issue was the Declaration of Independence." -- Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)

8. "Core assumption in tech: personalized ads are better for users. Ads exploit your insecurities to manipulate you into buying stuff you don't need. Who wants their personal insecurities amplified?" Ė Former Google employee James Damore

9. "Shallow emotions. An incapacity to feel genuine love. A need for stimulation. Frequent verbal outbursts. Poor behavioral controls. These are just some of the things that social media are encouraging in all of us. They're also a pretty comprehensive diagnostic checklist for sociopathy ó in fact, that's where I got the list." -- Milo Yiannopoulos

10. "Cosmetic surgery procedures have increased 137 percent since 2000, according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, with young people contributing to the rise significantly. In what scientists have called 'Snapchat dysmorphia,' young people are increasingly getting plastic surgery to look like the versions of themselves they see in social media filters. 'There's less guilt about undergoing procedures,' says plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan. 'Five or 10 years ago, people might have brought in pictures of a magazine cover supermodel. Now, they're bringing in pictures of themselves, but just in a slightly optimized way.' Ė Broadly






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Posted 17 February 2019 - 01:29 PM

Ex-Google, ex-Facebook employees.... who are probably telling the truth under pangs of guilt.

Iím sufficiently addicted, otherwise I wouldnít be posting this. I rationalize with myself that Iím compensating in other areas and Iím not taking time away from my wife and kids but thatís just not quite truthful.

But I do enjoy it. So thereís a fine line....
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 02:35 PM

View Postzurg, on 17 February 2019 - 01:29 PM, said:

Ex-Google, ex-Facebook employees.... who are probably telling the truth under pangs of guilt.

Iím sufficiently addicted, otherwise I wouldnít be posting this. I rationalize with myself that Iím compensating in other areas and Iím not taking time away from my wife and kids but thatís just not quite truthful.

But I do enjoy it. So thereís a fine line....

So what you are saying is, itís either this or porn. ;)
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 02:52 PM

I can't really relate to this article at all. Of the "big tech" mentioned in this article (Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat), I used a grand total of ONE of them...my Apple iPhone. The only reason why I use the iPhone, is that Apple has shown (with some rare exceptions) that they treat my data as mine, not theirs to sell to advertisers as opposed to all of the other smart cellphones on the market. Regardless, I don't use Apple to determine where I get my information. None of these big tech companies have any influence on my thoughts for the simple reason I don't use them. If everyone who's so concerned with their impact and power over people's thoughts would simply STOP using them and use an alternative, then they would have far less power and they would likely disappear as a company.

For example, I use duckduckgo.com for my internet searches because they don't track you nor do they filter out conservative sights. I did a test to see the differences between Google and Duckduckgo a while back searching on "Russian collusion" and WOW what a difference...not a single conservative website on the first few pages! A conservative would have to be an idiot to use Google's search engine knowing this well-known fact of their bias.

Another example is the use of Google's "free" email service. Instead, I use protonmail.com because they don't "read" any of my emails (Google does so they can target certain ads to you), all my emails are encrypted, and it is hosted in Switzerland which means our swamp government can't get to them.

You, too, can start today to drastically reduce the poser of these "big tech" evil giants by simply not using them. But, if you do, then stop complaining.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 08:26 PM

View Posterp, on 17 February 2019 - 02:35 PM, said:

So what you are saying is, it's either this or porn. ;)


Porn is better for you than any of that crap on facebook.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:55 PM

View Posterp, on 17 February 2019 - 02:35 PM, said:

So what you are saying is, itís either this or porn. ;)


Why not both?

;)
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