All my friends are on Facebook. I really cannot bring myself to join Facebook since I believe they are a manipulative company out to make addicts of us all. Yes, I think Facebook is addictive. It is as addictive as cigarette smoking or shall I say nowadays vape smoking, though I did suggest a vape party to the relatives at Christmas because it seemed a cool thing to do after watching my brother-in-law’s brother vape smoking.
We have a relative working at Facebook and they are super generous to their employees but that comes at a price for the rest of us.
A former executive has talked about his feeling about Facebook here.
The exec says:
“So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion. It is eroding the core foundation of how people behave by and between each other. And I don’t have a good solution. My solution is I just don’t use these tools anymore. I haven’t for years.
Speaking more broadly on the subject of social media, Palihapitiya said he doesn’t use social media because he “innately didn’t want to get programmed.” As for his kids: “They’re not allowed to use this shit.”
I know Facebook uses software algorithms to determine what you like, to keep you longer on a page, and in the end to collect more revenue from ads. But in the end to manipulate you to the point of addiction.
I like WordPress at the moment, or a good forum. I have greatly benefited the last week from an artistic site, a motorcyclist site, a poetic site. As long as social media is benefiting me, causing me to grow emotionally, intellectually, socially, it is a good thing, but when it gets manipulative to serve its own purposes I have to find another way to interact with the world.