In 2004 I formed an addiction to the MMORPG video game Lineage 2. I mentally fortified myself against all future MMORPGs. No, I have never played World of Warcraft, I am very aware of what to avoid to stay out of traps and other potential addictions...or so I thought. I spend no more than 5 minutes a day on FB, or Faceplace as I call it, as I have seen many people damage their actual social lives with it. I thought LinkedIn was "safe", and even google news and other news feeds were ok. I didn't realize how wrong I was until the last few months.
Starting with Hurricane Ida at the end of August 2021 - I have been constantly knocked offline. As soon as one things starts to resolve something else happens, to include current diagnosis of Covid. I am feeling much better, but still not great. Anyways, I logged onto faceplace (what I call FB) and was asked to take a survey about how FB cares...Thats when I realized I have stemmed my addiction to FB, IG, and a few others, but I allowed LinkedIn to take over, as well as my tailored news feeds. I was still feeding my ADHD demon, while adding stress because I was padding my time management goals with time that is not actually rest/relaxation. I realized a few things and that lead me to research more.
1. (Not addiction related) We should be compensated for our time/data, it doesn't have to be much, but it should be something. I know initially the fact that it is "free" is the benefit, but now that so much information can be generated, there should be modest compensation, at least in the form of tokens/coins or other non monetary items which wouldn't cost the platform as it would make money off of this as well.
2. Platforms such as LI and Faceplace (FB) actually take advantage of basic neurological constructs. Issues such as ADHD are actually rewarded through these platforms and provide a false sense of enjoyment. Those with certain disorders are able to stay on a platform for insane amounts of time. Addiction may not be formed, but it would not take much to manipulate persons with certain disorders like ADHD into developing devastating habits.
3. Social Media can become an addiction. No matter how resilient you are to addictions such as smoking or eating or other things that give us small shots of pleasure, these Social Media seem harmless, they are sneaky things. This is not the case, as seen from time management drafts and other facets of persons who spend more than a few minutes on a platform a day.
3a. Video games can form this same addiction, but it is easier to see because a person is generally static, but with social media they can be dynamic, taking momentary breaks or switching between devices. Social Media addiction should be seen in the same frame as video game addiction.
These companies are aggregating massive amounts of data which can generate real intelligence that can in turn stimulate projects and programs or just sell to other organizations such as advertising firms. A user does not have to do a background check before joining social media, which is like someone being allowed into a casino if they have a gambling addiction, however, since the effects are not viewed on the same level it is not really an issue.
The Reality is that a person can ruin their lives just as quickly being addicted to Social Media as an addiction to anything else.
I really want to hear your thoughts. How long do you allow yourself to be on social media platforms? How many are you on and why? Do you look out for family and friends? Should these platforms be responsible to their uses? Should their be background checks or health/wellness screens? Should we have access to our real data driven profiles so that we can see what intelligence is being generated on us?
If you want to read more about this subject I found these great articles:
Fun with Critical Thinking: Imagine you are playing with your remote controlled car in the park.
Take a moment and really imagine it, a nice park with some obstacles and fun stuff to do. Imagine it is a nice warm day, even though most of you are likely freezing your buns off with snow and ice. Anyways, imagine this for a moment.
Once you have that, imagine a friend, someone you know and like, brings their remote controlled car/truck to the same area to run it with you. Now there are two vehicles, and lots of fun to be had!! Then another person shows up because they see all the fun. Then another person shows up...
Imagine they call everyone they know, even people who only have prototype cars/trucks and now there are dozens of vehicles of various programming and capabilities degrading your network, operations and safety stance. There are wrecks, and signal jamming, and the people themselves are loud and throwing trash everywhere.
Now shift your imagination from that park to a sea port with lots of vessels and companies, and shipping storage, chemical storage, oil and gas facilities, and more. Imagine instead of bits of plastic, you are controlling weigh anywhere from 10,000 tons to 200,000 tons or more and can be quite agile in the water. This doesn't even breach data concerns, but just something to think about if you are bored and wanting to look into potential future issues and how to get in front of them.
What do you see on our horizon as an issue? #criticalthinking
I was reminded of valuable life lessons tonight: Perspective is variable, challenge reality, and value is multifaceted. Intrinsic value is mindful value.
I had gotten so closed minded of late with all the studying and valuation measures, risk management, disaster recovery, business continuity and on and on that my brain was getting cemented in "the right way". Until recently I always challenged that mentality to find optimal solutions and explore all options. I limited myself trying to be like everyone else...
However, noone told Zelda her new Popit was a drink lid. She saw a Pop-it, and loved it. Her perception of a popit did not limit her to only the colorful and pricy silicone fidget toys. She isnt wrong. She also approached it optimistically and with a loving heart.
Value is not always obvious. Thinking outside the box is wonderful, but to fully realize the value in all things, a type of free thought can be applied without controlling barriers, cages, or that dang "box". So many people are out to "think outside the box" that the box is lost in transit and the perception of tangible degrades. To put it in hunting terms, when trying to hit a moving target, sometimes "Zooming out" isnt as helpful as not using the scope at all.
Zelda: Daddy, you like Pop-it?
Me: It's ok
Zelda: I love my new Pop-it, you play?
Me: What new Pop-it?
Then she hands me the lid from her drink and popped 2 of the dimples.
Zelda: So fun Pop-it, Daddy. You play? I share, you can play with my Pop-it.
I recorded a video as soon as I could find my phone