Unplugged From Social Media

We owe it to ourselves to understand how social media affects our brains, our privacy and why it’s “free”.  I love interacting with fans ( contact me here ) but social media’s manipulative design is addictive and fragments our attention. The Profiteering tactics of fighting for our attention, keeping us over engaged and selling our personal information, are not good for us.  The end result is too much time and attention taken away from working on our craft and spending quality time with our loved ones.

Social media is being used to sow political, racial and ideological division.  People who are using these platforms for communication and staying misinformed should strongly consider more healthy and productive alternatives.

I highly recommend the following YouTube videos & articles on the subject of social media, ethical technology and the attention economy:


Tristan Harris – Social Media’s Dark Side

Cal Newport TEDx lecture -Quit social media

Bill Maher & Tristan Harris – The Attention Economy

Improvement Pill – 5 Ways Social Media Screws You Over

Bill Maher – Social Media is the New Nicotine

Tristan Harris – How Your Brain Is Getting Hacked: Facebook, Tinder, Slot Machines

How Facebook’s Algorithm Makes Zuckerberg the Most Powerful Human in History | Oliver Luckett

Your privacy on Facebook: What you need to know

How Powerful Is Facebook?

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

Why Personal Tech is Depressing

Social Media Is Seen Fueling the Fire of Violent Crime

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

iPhones and Children Are a Toxic Pair, Say Two Big Apple Investors

Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: When Facebook’s Success Is Bad for Society

YouTube has ethical and technical issues as well, but until I can host my own content, here are some of the reasons I will use YouTube:

  • The audio and video quality is excellent.
  • Engagement in the music is superior.
  • Users have the option to use the ad-free YouTube RED service.
  • Revenue is shared with content providers.
  • There are minimal disruptive notifications.
  • Suggested videos tend to be very relevant.

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