Everything is a trade off


I realize that some, or even most, people might think it’s hypocritical for someone who writes a blog (even anonymously as I do) to be so critical of social media. (To tell you the truth, I even think the phrase “social media” is an oxymoron.) Still, the recent news about Facebook should make people think first and post later.

In the CNBC article, Microsoft scientist Jaron Lanier is quoted as saying, “developers knew they were making tech addictive and treating humans like rats in a behaviorist experiment.” He also said that these mechanisms are making society paranoid.

I would hardly be the first person to note that the bubbles in which so many people seem to live are, in large part, due to the Internet and to social media. It’s OK to say no to social media.