If you’re not the customer, you’re the product.~ Seth Godin, from https://seths.blog/2017/02/nextstep/
This rant from Seth is a couple years old, but it remains as important as ever.
I talk often about the problems with social networks. But what I’m particularly interested in is what, (if anything,) actually works to change people’s minds. I bet you can guess what works: Basically, nothing works.
I wasted a lot of time trying to explain the problems with social networks using facts and rational arguments. You know how far I got with that. One day, I stopped trying to educate and explain, and started trying to plant seeds. Little seeds of inquisition. Little seeds of self-awareness.
How do you feel when you are not on that social network?
And how do you feel after it ate your face for 2 hours?
Do you like the way you look, all hunched over with spine twisted and your face completely facing the ground?
Could you make progress on your dream if you could just find 10 hours of time a week? (As if you only spent 10 hours on social networks this week.)
Hold your phone facing you at arms length. Look just to one side and notice the actual amount of your immediate world which it occupies. How do you feel about only living within that small fraction of your world?
Visualize your death bed. (Go ahead. I’ll wait.) Now begin to list your imagined regrets as you lay dying. (Seriously. I’ll wait.) Which items on your list were related, in any way, to online social networks?
You have Seth’s thoughts. You now have my thoughts. Do you have any thoughts of your own?
Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?