I had the pleasure of having an incredible conversation with Charelle Griffith and Verity Brown around the issues raised in the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking.
Self-disclosure on social networking sites lights up the same part of the brain that also ignites when taking an addictive substance.
Here are the highlights from the conversation:
- The start of the social web; web 1.0, flat web pages (no comments or videos!) and the amplification of self-expression (4.15)
- The beginning of the beast; addiction, ease of gaining data and the effects on mental health (10.0)
- Advice on how to break these bad habits and why the Smartphone become the abliser (13.0)
- Notifications and making tech work for you (17.0)
- Total Information Awareness Project; how we freely gave up our data but would not give it to the government (21.0)
- If the product is free, you are the product (26.0)
- How social media has evolved - they tapped into a psychological need to compare each other “The more you see, the more you share” (28.0)
- How to take back control (30.0)
- Using it professionally over personally (34.0)
- Algorithms and manipulated feeds (36.0)
- We have the power! (39.0)
- Free is never free; why we should support paying for Facebook (40.0)
- Round Up “We are in control of our own privacy. Mindfully and intentional decide what we are going to do and how we are going to do it.” (45.0)
The more you see other people share their "wonderful" life, the more you want to show that you have that too. Even if you had an objection to posting something before, overtime, it becomes normal to you when you see others post it.
Listen to the full episode on Free And Figuring It Out website.