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:
WARNING: THIS INFORMATION IS LIKELY TO MAKE YOU QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA.
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.