Have you watched Social Dilemma? It’s a great documentary on how we are being manipulated by social media and is perhaps an argument to delete social media accounts.
An Argument To Delete Social Media Accounts?
Jason Lanier, the author of Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, tells this story on Social Dilemma: When you go to Wikipedia, we all see the same thing. It’s one of the few things online that we all share in common. Now, just imagine if Wikipedia said, “we’re going to give each person a different customized definition, and we’re going to be paid by advertisers for that.” Wikipedia would be spying on you, calculating what it could do to get you to change on behalf of a commercial interest. That’s exactly what’s happening on Facebook. Reality is customized for each person.
Those of us who are interested in politics know how social media is being used to spread fake news. We’ve seen the terrible outcome of this in India where politicians have used this to whip up religious sentiments and set one community against another.
But if you, like me, have also experienced the good side of social media, does it make sense to delete all accounts? I’m in a lot of great groups on Facebook. I love watching the creations of others on Instagram. I love sharing my work and that of others on Twitter. Should I quit these platforms? I don’t think so.
I’ve decided to be prudent about using them. Not only do I restrict my time on these platforms, I don’t see them as a source of news. I’ve taken the apps off my phone (except Instagram as I’ve mentioned before) and all notifications have been disabled. Also, I’ve always been particular about fact-checking information I share. Another trick is not to click on recommended articles – they’re usually paid for and therefore, pushed. Do your own research instead. And naturally, be careful too about what you share. Do read this recent post of mine to be #PrivacyAware.
What’s your relationship with social media and on which side of this argument are you on?