Former Steve Jobs Advisor Shared These Worrisome Thoughts About Facebook That We All Should Consider
(Tea Party 247) – America is in dire need of a reset. It would do a world of good for everyone if Big Tech and the media were put on lockdown for 3 months and gave Americans the chance to reconnect with each other on a human, face-to-face level. Social media and the propaganda-spewing media outlets are the driving factors behind the current unrest, discord, and division that will soon destroy this country if left unchecked.
Recently, a former advisor to Steve Jobs warned that Facebook is “destroying the very fabric of human relationships” by making its users, which are in the hundreds of millions, become addicted to something more dangerous than “likes” and “comments.”
During a question and answer session at the 2020 CogX conference, Joanna Hoffman was asked about the cult of leadership within Silicon Valley.
“As I look at Facebook, for example, I keep thinking are they really that ignorant or is this motivated by something … darker than what appears?” she said.
Hoffman went on to accuse Facebook of “destroying the very fabric of democracy, destroying the very fabric of human relationships and peddling in an addictive drug called anger.”
“You know it’s just like tobacco, it’s no different than the opioids,” she added. “We know anger is addictive, we know we can attract people to our platform and get engagement if we get them pissed off enough. So therefore what, we should capitalize on that each and every time?”
While Hoffman was talking about Facebook, much of the same charges could be made against Twitter.
Twitter has become a monstrous echo chamber of hysterical nonsense controlled by outrage mobs who abuse the platform to threaten criminal acts as well as intimidating, doxxing and attempting to ruin people’s lives for the sin of holding an alternate opinion.
Much criticism of social media is framed in the context of its “threat to democracy,” despite the fact that both Twitter and Facebook are more censorious than ever, with the overwhelming target being conservatives and anyone who offends woke jihadists.
In reality, the real damage being done by these platforms is to people’s mental health, to the cohesion of a functioning society, and to the concept of free speech itself.
Hoffman has hit the nail squarely on the head with these sentiments. Facebook and Twitter and all other social media platforms have evolved into echo chambers where people feel emboldened to aggressively assert their viewpoints and insist others get in line or suffer the consequences.
There aren’t many people on social media, it seems, that want to hear your opinion as much as they want to hear their opinion out of your mouth.
The art of conversation is completely lost in the social media universe. Subtleties, nuances, tone, body language are all lost in translation and what’s left is assumptions which only ever seems to lead to conflict.
It doesn’t seem to matter how delicately you try to express your point of view, there is always someone on the internet who is ready and willing to jump all over you and tell you what you meant and how you meant it and things about yourself that you didn’t even know, you know, like how you’re obviously a racist. It’s justifiably frustrating. Which is why social media is destroying human relationships.