Social media has turned conversation into competition and it’s making us ill

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Social media has turned conversation into competition and it’s making us ill

Post by eddie on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:01 pm





Roughly 15 fifteen years into a life largely lived online, we find ourselves not the beneficiaries of the sort of cultural cyberosmosis imagined by the Facebook founder and his peers, one where we all learn from each other and delight in gaining new perspectives. No, instead we have largely cast out those we disagree with – deemed unfit for our friendship, or even respect, by dint of their opinions – and retreated into our ideological cliques. But we’re not particularly happy here either, competing with our allies for attention and acclaim, hoping it will bring us validation but finding the goalposts move with every successful tweet or story.

This discourse tournament, this dense field of soapboxes, is something a lot of us don’t happily participate in. That such a vast swathe of human beings are engaged every single day in an activity that makes them at best frustrated, at worst repulsed, is quite astonishing. We’ve never as a species managed to create anything close to a meritocratic society, but what we have right now is particularly perverse: a system which favours those who are loudest, most extreme and, crucially, most gifted at self-promotion. So, what is the solution?

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/twitter-facebook-instagram-addiction-follower-counts-retweets-a8570166.html


What do you think?
Does social media make us mentally fragile, or depressed?
Are we too immersed in online life?
Do we use social media to our best advantage?

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Re: Social media has turned conversation into competition and it’s making us ill

Post by Lord Foul on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:39 pm


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There are those who's opinion I value, there are those who's opinion I neither value or scorn, and then there are those who's opinion I just ignore as insignificant...I can assure you the latter outnumber the first two combined by a whole order of magnitude


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Re: Social media has turned conversation into competition and it’s making us ill

Post by Lord Foul on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:40 pm

whinge when theres no one to grump at and whinge when ther IS someone to grump at

problem with social media ISNT social media...its the fragile delicate snowflakes........

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Re: Social media has turned conversation into competition and it’s making us ill

Post by Syl on Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:13 pm

I think online life is pretty addictive, treat it like a hobby and it's a good thing, but some people allow it to rule their lives...not so good.
I do think it can depress some people, it seems some crave attention and approval from complete strangers, they live their lives more online than in reality, it creates a distorted image of themselves and the world imo.

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Re: Social media has turned conversation into competition and it’s making us ill

Post by magica on Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:37 pm

Too many peeps spend time on their phone's all day and night constantly looking at it. What are they looking at? I know many are on f/book, but all the time Shocked

I think many thousands are addicted to social media and think of all the strangers as friends.

I'd sooner have one good friend in real life, than hundreds on social media.
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