By Joss Alexander Schubert
Facebook had drawn you a line. Not one to step over. Not to walk along. This is a line where you sniff it right in and you are hooked.
Well, this is your intervention.
Facebook has created a whole ecosystem. One where you can’t leave its grasp, its chokehold even. If you want to make a new account on a well known site or application there will always be a “Log in with Facebook” tab. You have to have a Facebook account. It makes life easier, and that’s where you get the first hit. The first shot.
Essentially you are drugged. A lot of work was put into this website for these dopamine feedback loops. Where every single time you enter, open or like anything it will hit you with a hit a dopamine. It is essentially a self injection of pure joy forced by this set of code. According to Wikipedia, “In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter- a chemical released by neurons (nerve cells) to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine pathways, one of which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior.” Ringing any bells yet? Facebook is a reward system, it is manipulating you through their site as a means of a reward system.
So what do you do if you can not sleep, when you are sitting on the bus, on the train, on the plane. You either sleep, stare out into the abyss or more likely than any of these you take out your phone and hit that blue F. You found yourself dragged into this pool of information and misinformation. Regardless if it is correct. It will give you a smile. A hit. You’ll find yourself at sunrise black eyes and unable to work.
According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million report sleeping problems occasionally.” Facebook is a reminder, your friend, to show you to other friends. It is the gap between every tick on the clock. But so are crack houses with furniture. A few nice people grouped together. We have been told “that Facebook feels great guilt for making Facebook this way.” They have admitted that “it will rip society apart. This is from the former vice president of user growth at Facebook himself, Chamath Palihapitiya In an interview with Stanford graduate business school in the United States on Nov 13 2017
Let us put this into a situation. In a room browsing through the internet for any research, paper, report or project you are working on. Now you are bored out of your mind, you are unable to work at your best pace you need something to pump you up. To give you and extra boost to get through work. So you open a new tab and woah and behold facebook pops up. And first thing on you wall is a line of everything they know about, your interests, your likes, dislikes. Everything.
Yes, it assists with communication, but what kind of life are we living? Is it worth it? To give up everything, your life, your info, your identity. But now it is time to take the rusty needle out. To walk outside. To look into the stars. To be human. So it is time for your decision. No it is time for your last chance. Your mark in your life. Your decision. Your power. Not theirs.