Americans are more critical of social media platforms than they were just a few years ago. The majority of the public believes that they are responsible for negative things that are happening.
A leaked slide from Meta noted that “Young people are acutely aware that Instagram can be bad for their mental health yet are compelled to spend time on the app for fear of missing out on cultural and social trends.”
More research and books are being released showing the signs of the negative effects of social media platforms and those frequently using them.
“The problem isn’t the technology — it’s the way the technology is being used to make money.” — Jaron Lanier, author, composer and artist
Listen: Why one author believes social media is bad for us.
Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, artist and author who writes on numerous topics, including the 2018 book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” He says social media platforms are using “operant conditioning” on their users, modifying people without them realizing it so they stay on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
“The problem isn’t the technology — it’s the way the technology is being used to make money,” says Lanier.
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