Social Media: A Psychic CancerRead time in minutes: 2
There is a leech at the heart of many people's daily routines. It is a vampiric leech designed to broker access to dopamine, created and maintained by psychology experts in order to manipulate you into scrolling, posting, sharing and to just be angry. By leeching away these positive feelings (and feeding into the baser sides of the lizard brain's anger) it makes it harder to focus on things other than its iron grip on your focus.
How many times have you looked at newsfeeds today? How many minutes have you burned scrolling down in a desperate hope to find something that gives you the happy chemical? How many times have you thought against posting something because it has a lower chance of being accepted by the community?
How many times has the notification bell given you joy by seeing the number go up?
This is becoming a cancer on humanity. It is leeching our focus and reprogramming our minds through operant conditioning.
For me it has been a huge factor in why my larger projects just fade into obscurity and never really go anywhere. I have limited focus as it is. Social media operant conditioning has made it worse.
Yet at the same time it is a pillar of modern civic participation, and with the pandemic it has become a vital communication flow for people that were once able to communicate in person easily.
I'm not sure how to best handle this issue, this is a bigger multifaceted issue than individuals can really take on their own. It's a societal problem. It's bigger than just people or small groups of them, it's something that affects us all.
I'm going to keep notes on paper with my feelings. I will probably not release them.