The Modern Shrink Part 5 (Social media Cons)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Looking at the cons concerning social media in the form of a list of 10 arguments.

Submitted: December 05, 2019

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Social media can be defined as information for the masses. Unlike local media or information intended for a selected few. Today that most of all translates to open sources like the internett. Blogs, Facebook, Tinder, Instagram and Twitter are but a few such examples. 

Freedom of speech, free access of information are in itself great. When choosing not to reflect over the more negative aspects of if. Everything in life comes with both pros and cons. Only the uneducated or naive would disagree. As i am neither i hereby present you with a list of 3 arguments towards getting rid of social medias as a whole. 

Argument 1. Vanishing free will

Why? People are influenced by other people. That`s a fact. First of all by significant others like our parents and then more and more influental circles are added: 

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As you see social media has become an integrated part of our lifes. Affecting ourselves and our surrondings. Btw. This modell is the latest he developed, and not the one usually used in schools. 

Super smart algorithms made by super smart people in super big tech companies are doing whateer they can to learn everything about us. Tracing our every move on- and offline. If you think that you have supreme free will, i may call you out as borderline delusional. Every opinion we have, do have its origin story. It did not fall out of thin air. The car you buy, the food you think you like, the place you live. Someone did force their influence on you. Maybe friends or family, or perhaps agencies gunning for your money. 

Behavorists like B.F Skinner and Pavlov did prove that their are no such thing as free will. The problem with social media is the manipulation and hightening of that lack. Is it a funny accident that behavorists like B.F Skinner have done very well in the field of advertising agencies? No, off course not. Commercial are annoying, but why can we not just get rid of them? Because they work. Companies, big and small, understands that we have no free will. We can be told what to do and buy. 

Argument 2. Social medias make you behave iike a douche bag.

Ok, so maybe you already are one. What do i know. But something happens when we get online. Social etiquette and norms can easily fly out the window. To be fair the same happens when we are out of hearing distance (rumors) or over the phone. It all boils down to the importance of both verbal and non-verbal communication (body language). About 70 % of our overall communication is non-verbal. When interacting on social medias vital nuances gets lost. When noise becomes a part of the dialogue, we get this sudden primitive urge to withdraw to a monolouge. 

This change of personality, perhaps best seen with president Trumps and his ramblings on Twitter, is in my mind the result of the technological revolution a few decades ago. Progress have happend so fast that we have not yet adapted to it. The time of humans being herd animals is long gone. At least we think so. Today we can survive and thrive with little to none help from others. Which is very good, but... We do need someone to correct us. 

Arguement 3. Social media hates your soul.

Empathy is necessary to protect humans from all sorts of dangers. Like a mother taking care of a sick child, a stranger helping an elderly crossing the street or this unwritten law that men should not take advantage of their superiour strenght towards women (even thought women take advantage of their superior verbal skills, sigh...). 

People that do give your latest post on social media are plain wrong. Their is something wrong with them. Or maybe with me. Superficiality in whatver form or arena does something with our soul. Making us shallow. Thus enabling us to behave like a douche bag. 

 

Final words form the Modern Shrink: I do accept that most people are not willing to delete their social media plattforms. Just like alcohol, drugs (the legal type), candy, sex and many others it gives life some flavour. When used responsible it is ok. Not good or bad, but ok. The problem hits home when we make social media a big part of our life. Dictating the way we live our lifes. 

The global increase of mental issues like depression leads me to think that we are on the path of nowhere. Social media being a unfortunate impasse in human evolution. Remeber that real life is lived in real life, not online. 

Good mental healt to you!

 


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