Technology steers what 2 billion people are thinking and believing every day. It’s possibly the largest source of influence over 2 billion people’s thoughts that has ever been created. Religions and governments don’t have that much influence over people’s daily thoughts. But we have three technology companies who have this system that frankly they don’t even have control over—with newsfeeds and recommended videos and whatever they put in front of you—which is governing what people do with their time and what they’re looking at.
I’ll be the first to admit I spend a lot of time online. But I pretty much avoid most social media sites. Stopped using FaceBorg. Instagram to catch the occasional post from one of the kids. A little Twitter for news. LinkedIn rarely. It wasn’t hard for me to recognize mass brainwashing. Not to mention addiction.
One of my more popular posts was a link to this Atlantic article.
But many of you never clicked through to read the article. I do hope you take the time to read this Wired article. It will make you think long and hard about your use of technology.
Think about what would happen if you shut off some of these apps that keep dinging you for attention? This happens.