When forms of social media, like Facebook, were first launched, they were supposed to help people connect more often especially over long distances. I have to admit that Facebook does help us keep in touch with many family and friends in other parts of the United States and the world.
But, like so many other beneficial inventions, social media soon was used by sinful people for the wrong reason. As a result, it has played a key role in the increase in cases of depression and suicide.
At last, someone from the industry is admitting that social media is helping to tear our society to pieces.
(The Verge) – Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.
Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”
He went on to describe an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings shared on WhatsApp led to the lynching of seven innocent people. “That’s what we’re dealing with,” said Palihapitiya. “And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.” …
One of the social consequences of social media is that there are far fewer personal friendships and face-to-face interactions than there used to be before mobile phones and social media. This lack of face-to-face allows some to be bolder and crueler than they would be otherwise, which is why bullying has skyrocketed.