The Awful Truth

Videos and articles describing the scope of the problems with Social Media

3 Voices from Silicon Valley

Chamath Palihapitiya – Social Media is Ripping Society Apart

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth Facebook, expressed remorse for his part in building tools that obliterate ‘the social fabric of how society works’ Social media is creating a society that confuses ‘truth and popularity’

Jaron Lanier – Social Media Ruins Your Life

Jaron Lanier is an American computer scientist, philosopher and futurist. He wrote a best selling book called “why you should delete your Social Media accounts right now”. Here he makes the case as to why social media is not a force for good

Sean Parker – Facebook Exploits Human Vulnerability

The former Facebook executive lists the countless ways that the platform encourages addiction via “Brain Hacking” and admits they did it knowingly

Social Media in the News

Your Attention Didn’t Collapse. It Was Stolen…

Social media and many other facets of modern life are destroying our ability to concentrate. We need to reclaim our minds while we still can. In this very personal and insightful article by Johan Hari published in The Guardian, he explains how it came to him that our ability to pay attention was cracking and […]

Ted Talk: Everything You Think You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be […]

Facebook Pauses Work on Instagram Kids After Teen Mental Health Concerns

Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girls’ mental health. Facebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing app’s impact on teen mental health. Instagram said it was “pausing” work to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the […]

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy

6 ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated. KEY POINTS Kids may be given a mental health diagnosis such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, when the problem is everyday electronic use. An “electronic fast” can be necessary to “reset” a child so they can focus better and experience a brighter, […]

Sharing the (Self) Love: The Rise of the Selfie and Digital Narcissism

Social media and the internet are making us more narcissistic, but can this trend be reversed? What do Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber have in common? Grandiose exhibitionism inflated self-views, superficial personalities and shameless self-promotion. In that sense, they are just like millions of their Facebook and Twitter fans around the world, except […]

Me! Me! Me! Are We Living Through a Narcissism Epidemic?

From attention-seeking celebrities to digital oversharing and the boom in cosmetic surgery, narcissistic behaviour is all around us. How worried should we be about our growing self-obsession? “They unconsciously deny an unstated and intolerably poor self-image through inflation. They turn themselves into glittering figures of immense grandeur surrounded by psychologically impenetrable walls. The goal of […]

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