Technology that supposedly is designed to connect people to each other. Facebook, Twitter, and maybe Youtube are examples.
In reality, most commercial social media platforms seem to be causing a lot of harm; in some cases, manipulating or exploiting people psychologically for profit. They particularly exploit your attention, which is how they make money, driving the Attention Economy.
- How the Attention Economy Hurts You Via Social Media Sites Like Facebook
- How to Join the Fediverse and Cast Off the Attention Economy
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This was originally published as a post on my blog. This version is intended to be kept up-to-date with developments, and is edited from the original.
This started as a post on my blog. This edited version is intended to be kept more up-to-date.
Profiting from convincing (or, perhaps more accurately, “manipulating”) people to pay attention. Big Social Media sites like Facebook are part of the attention economy: you pay nothing to use the site. In fact, you are the product; they sell your attention to advertisers, and therefore design their product to maximize their profits by manipulating you to spend more time on the site.
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This started out at a post on my blog. This edited version is intended to be kept more up-to-date.