Facebook admits it poses mental health risk

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by NovoElevation, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. NovoElevation

    NovoElevation Member

    This article is very recent:
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/15/facebook-mental-health-psychology-social-media

    A few bits of it:
    "Facebook has acknowledged that social media use can be bad for users’ mental health, a sign the company is feeling pressure from a growing chorus of critics raising alarms about the platform’s effect on society."


    "The company’s public recognition of some of its platform’s detrimental effects came days after a former Facebook executive made headlines with a speech slamming the corporation, saying: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.”"


    "Studies have repeatedly found that Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites can damage the emotional wellbeing of heavy users, particularly younger people."




    My take? Of course FB, social media in general causes havoc in us. They can be used for good stuff however, but let's face it, most people don't. IMO, it's a very serious problem.
     
  2. dacat1234

    dacat1234 Member

    The bigger issue is that companies that sell you a product are using customer engagement to do so. Social media and technology companies use these products to play with your dopamine signaling. Check out this 60 Minutes Segment:



    You have to do your best as individuals to identify any habits you have developed and find ways to break them. I wake up between 5:30 - 6:30 AM depending on my dog and don't look at my phone AT ALL until 7:45. I can't become too disengaged with technology even on the weekends because of work. Also, I have given up snapchat and twitter and am considering giving up instagram and facebook. My gf would rather me not give the last 2 up.
     
  3. NovoElevation

    NovoElevation Member

    These companies have to make money and they don't care about what kind of means, good or bad, they will use, as long as it works. In end, they can say, it's not their fault, it's how people themselves use the platform. To me, there are good uses to fb and insta, but we all know most people don't use them for that purpose. For example, fb is a fabulous contact directory, events platform, etc. On insta, there are a lot of interesting stuff there. But we know, 90% of it is narcissistic crap.

    From the article:
    This is the same as saying, there are school shootings, but actually giving people more guns will help them stop those shotting. F**K this so wrong.
     
  4. spoofy

    spoofy Active Member

    Imo, facebook is to women what porn is to men.
    Majority is addicted hard and have become socially retarded.
     
  5. dacat1234

    dacat1234 Member

    It's funny how technology has changed what is socially acceptable. I get irritated when people text and surf the internet when at the lunch/dinner table, but it's almost acceptable.
     
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  6. BackOnTrack

    BackOnTrack Member

    I have deactivated facebook and havent missed it since. There are barely any people posting anything anyway. the newsfeed is full with some shitty videos.
    Im sure it is different with younger people, but with people over 30 nothings going on.
     
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