Social Media is the New Tobacco

 

A little while ago I wrote about creating space for your mind to process thoughts and feelings, the premise was that we simply don’t make any time for this anymore. In reflecting about this, and researching further, I’ve realized the problem is actually far worse and that a lack of mental space is just the beginning. To quote Tristan Harris:

“Technology is hijacking the evolutionary vulnerabilities of the human mind to control human attention.”

It’s completely out of control.

I know it sounds hyperbolized to say that social media is the new tobacco, but bear with me. The analogy is frighteningly accurate the more you explore it.

Read the full post on Medium.

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It may sound hyperbolized to say that social media is the new tobacco, but bear with me. The analogy is frighteningly accurate the more you explore it.

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What is the first thing you do after waking up? What do you do while you’re on the train? During your lunch break? In between meetings? After dinner? Right before bed?

The answer is likely the same for all of these: scrolling on your phone. Whether it’s your email or Slack, or it’s social media or news, people today are spending an incredible amount of their “down time” ingesting content on their phones.