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Social Media Isn't the Problem... We Are

markmanson.net

Just like heavy metal music, rap music and violent video games were blamed for corrupting entire generations, social media is the latest villain, seemingly able to corrupt minds at break-neck speed and on a much grander scale.

Social media and content companies like Facebook, Instagram, Tik...

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It is common to hear that social media addiction leads to depression, chronic anxiety and increased suicidal tendencies, especially in youngsters.

Correlating social media usage with depression and anxiety is fundamentally flawed, and there is solid research to prove the reverse:

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Social media has been blamed for large, widespread public protests, promotion of radical conspiracy theories, threats and hate-mongering.

Social media is in fact the latest tool for things happening for centuries, just like letters, radio and the telephone. Polarization is not happening due...

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Fake news is often credited as the biggest demon-child of social media. The truth is that fake news has existed centuries before when people published pamphlets and newspaper columns to taint their(political) rivals.

Political activism, unethical lobbying and spreading false propaganda were...

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Google and Facebook, the companies most people believe are profiting off the disinformation and conspiracy theories, have shown that they are all in fact trying to diffuse the problem and remove the ‘looney figures’ spreading hatred and fake news.

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Conspiracy theories and fear-mongering were common much before social media existed. 

Y2k, the fear of computers not recognizing the year 2000 and crashing, as they were not programmed to handle dates beyond 1999, was blown out of proportion back in the late 90s.

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The Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, essentially states that a majority of output is a result of a much smaller input. Similarly, the 90/9/1 rule talks about the content that is generated on the internet.

According to this rule, 1 percent of users generate a huge majori...

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The disparity in the amount of content creation gives rise to fanatic influencers who rack up most of the noise, resulting in truth getting drowned and falsehoods(repeated often and loud) becoming the mainstream beliefs.

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Bertrand Russell

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

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  • Due to the 90/9/1 rule, a majority of people do not have any influence on our cultural narrative, leading to distortion and twisting of reality.
  • Issues and agendas that have a loud community and media backing get highlighted, whereas real issues like mental health, homelessness, heal...

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For people in the media, like TV journalists and podcasters, things have changed a lot. A few decades ago, content was produced for a few outlets, channels and newspapers, and creators had to make it universally likeable, focusing on the consensus.

When the internet came, a...

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Social media focuses on two very different extreme versions of reality, the very good and the very bad.

This is because normal beliefs and regular content do not provide the ‘clicks’ or the ‘eyeballs’. It has not corrupted mankind, but only revealed again what mankind real...

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Robert Caro

“Power doesn’t always corrupt, but power always reveals.”

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