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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Informatii cheie de la Jaron Lanier

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now


Informatii cheie de la Jaron Lanier

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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Social media is one of the internet’s hottest platforms — but is it harming you more than you realize?

These days, it seems like everyone has multiple social media accounts. And why not? It’s an easy way to stay in touch with family and friends and share how you feel about what’s going on in the world. But tech entrepreneur Jaron Lanier argues that social media actually disconnects you from people, replacing genuine relationships with online “friends” and luring you to accept invasive advertising. In this Snapshot, you’ll find some compelling reasons for deleting your social media accounts.

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  • Have concerns about how social media usage is changing your relationships
  • Feel disconcerted by algorithms and targeted ads accessing your personal data
  • Want to take a break from social media
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Introduction

Have you given much thought to what draws you to social media? What is it that prompts you to check your phone notifications, scroll through images posted by glamorous strangers, or reply to articles with witty tweets? While the appeals of social media are as individual as the people who use it, researchers have found some common themes that link usage patterns across age groups and demographics. You may not be aware of it, but your smartphone has modified your behavior. It’s changed what you reach for in the middle of a sleepless night, and it accompanies you everywhere — from...

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