| Why Facebook Makes You Sad and Zuckerberg Glad....
|February 13, 2018|
What many parents have suspected is now being exposed by former Silicon Valley employees: that tech companies have designed their digital products to be addictive.
The Center for Humane Technology, which was recently founded by former Google and Facebook employees, has joined forces with media watchdog, Common Sense Media. In their first campaign – Truth About Tech – they will educate millions of consumers about the dangers of tech products and pressure tech companies to create less addictive and less intrusive products.
Tech companies incorporate techniques within the digital products that result in user addiction.
Techniques are used to keep the user on screen longer while personal information is scooped up. Because Facebook and Google both use an advertising business model, more screen time means more money for the tech giants.
In December Facebook released a new messenger app for children as young as six, which is expected to become the first social media platform used widely by young children. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may just have awakened a “sleeping giant” with this reckless disregard for the well-being of young children. Child health groups are fighting back, demanding that Zuckerberg delete the app.
A letter signed by nearly 20 organizations and dozens of medical professionals cites the dangers of the use of social media by young children, including the inability to understand the privacy issues and complexities of online relationships.
A growing body of research exposes the negative impact of digital products. Teenagers spend an average of nine hours per day using media while tweens spend an average of six hours. The harmful impact on students includes attention and cognition disorders; depression, loneliness, stress, and anxiety; reduced productivity; hindrance of children's development; and lack of critical-thinking skills.
Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor who specializes in research on the impact of technology on people, warns that too much time spent on about Facebook by teenagers can result in narcissism, psychological disorders, higher absenteeism from school, lower grades, and reduced reading retention.Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, one the nation’s foremost addiction experts and author of Glow Kids, writes that video games, computers, cell phones and tablets are all “digital drugs” that stunt a child’s neural development. Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens “electronic” cocaine” while Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin.” In his clinical work with more than 1,000 teens, Kardaras found it easier to treat heroin and crystal meth addicts than a true-tech addict.
A Harvard Business Review study finds the use of Facebook is negatively associated with overall well-being, especially in mental health. The Sun reports a trend of murder and suicide on Facebook Live videos.
Not to worry. Keeping you online netted Facebook $10 billion in 2016 and that seems to be more important than the mental health of millions of people. Read more….
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