Social media taps into the basic human desire to be connected
But the more time people spend on social media the less happy they are
Because supercomputers use algorithms
To addict users
To drive engagement
To sell ads...users are their product
Kids face a toxic and scary digital world
Plus the peer pressure to be on the platforms to 'fit in' is extreme
Social media = entertainment
Personal relationships belong outside of traditional social media
Social media and mobile tech have provided tremendous value in connecting people. However, there is a dark side caused by unintended consequences. Apps compete for your finite attention, because your time is the product being sold to advertisers.
Digital slot machines manipulate user behavior and keep them coming back for more
Vanity metrics, cyberbullying and unhealthy pressures of social media have cause a massive increase in anxiety, depression & suicide
Social media is a highlight reel that is built around fakeness, attracting likes, streaks, etc.
Kids use apps built for adults that leave them exposed to explicit content, sexual predators and many other risks
In 1985, 18 percent of teens said they suffered from overwhelming anxiety. By 2016 that number had surged to 41 percent.
Depression has skyrocketed and teen suicide is up 46% over the last decade. Social media is a leading contributor.
Cyberbullying has almost doubled over the last 10 years. 59% of US teens have received intimidating, threatening or nasty messages online.
Children get exposed to porn as early as 5 years old. Add a smartphone into the mix, and sexting isn’t far behind.
Over half of US teens say they are addicted to the internet, saying they cannot function on a daily basis without it.
70% of youth lack emotional intelligence because they’re talking to devices instead of other people. Studies show that prolonged screen time directly reduces a teen's emotional intelligence.
From Digital Futures Initiative (https://www.dfinow.org/for-parents/)