Why do we need a Facebook alternative?
The Internet is evolving rapidly. Humans are not keeping pace. Technology companies are shoving technology into our lives and humans are not prepared for the rapid pace. Humans are not wired up for this (yet.) Humans began their evolution as hunters and gatherers, and from there the campfire meals is where socialization began.
Let me be clear, I truly believe there are millions of Americans like myself who are quite concerned about the moral decay of society and the impact that social media plays.
Recently I did a search on this issue the post at the top of the list had this to say:
“The level of narcissism in our society is at all-time highs”.
“The answer is simple; social media is wearing away at our empathy and human connectedness.”
I could continue and write about the perils of social media, and talk to my 10 best friends about how we could change the world, but how is one to make an impact with the masses against a tool that was supposedly going to improve our connectedness?
You know, I have been helping people with computer problems for over 30 years. Notice I said helping people with computers, not helping computers with people. I came to the realization many years ago that most human’s brains are no yet wired up to digest many of the technologies and byproducts that technology has brought us. Computers and technology will evolve no matter what, humans will have to evolve to keep pace. Like all things, many will balance the tech with a healthy human acceptance that empathy and connectedness with good old fashion means is still a proven way for us to connect.
Some will lean to either an extreme positive or extreme negative acceptance or use of technology. The key is to keep a balance and never forget where we came from. If things like the Matrix and AI (Artificial Intelligence) takes over some day we will still have this, our will to be human and to empathize. Computers do not empathize, the ability to convey empathy with computers is limited, it is possible, but the masses are like cattle and just follow the path of least resistance, the easy way like free tools.
They say nothing is free, I suppose we are granted the inalienable right to privacy and freedom of speech and for some… easy come easy go. Maybe this is something we should preserve. The masses are following each other into challenging times, I do believe humanity will evolve beyond social media sites like Facebook and Youtube as we know them. No, these tools will not go away. But, I truly believe humanity will learn and evolve to balance these tools with one thing in mind, Humans.
"Engage, Enlighten, Encourage, and especially... just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset." - Susan Cooper
Be careful when you blindly follow the masses… Sometimes the ‘M’ is silent. – fb/the idealist
Here is a video – Let’s Design Social Media that drives real change (a TED Talk by Wael Ghonim)
“Speaking about thoughtfulness, civility, and mutual understanding” (Lenghty video, but if you are in a hurry fast forward to 7:55)
Here is a video – How Dangerous is Facebook?
In November 2017, Chamath Palihapitiya revealed that, for ethical reasons, he regrets having helped Facebook to become the largest social media platform. He said, “[t]he short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.
- Do your homework and find a reliable source for news and information.
- Limit your social media activity to only what is necessary and nothing more.