Social media is doing no less than ripping apart the social fabric of how Society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops they have created are destroying how Society works. This is not an American problem and this is not a Russian problem. This is a global problem.
Social media was used to influence elections in at least 18 countries last year, deploying armies of opinion shapers to spread official views and undermine critics on social media. And that manipulation often comes from within a state’s own borders.
Children who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more than twice as likely to have mental health problems. 91% of 16- to 24-year-olds who use social media have problems such as poor sleep, anxiety and cyberbullying. 15% of students say that social networking sites served to increase their feelings of isolation.
Potentially damaging our cognitive capacity and reducing our exposure to real relationships, the overload produced by social media is the reason for declines in workplace productivity.
It is ironic that technologies designed to connect people are actually serving to alienate us from one another.