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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier

Henry Holt and Company, 2018

It takes time to understand the impact of anything new and social media is no exception. In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now the author, Jaron Lanier, makes his case for doing just that. Lanier is described as a scientist, musician, writer and a Silicon Valley insider. He isn’t against the internet and social media. His concern is the underlying business model of social media platforms. That’s where Right Now in the title comes in.

One of his arguments is that social media manipulates the user through behaviour modification techniques. When you receive “likes” you receive a hit of dopamine, a pleasure hormone, which keeps you on the site and coming back for more. Our new normal has become pervasive surveillance and constant subtle manipulation. Once you join a platform it is hard to break free and leave all your “friends.”

 

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