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“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 2: psychology meets technology

This article follows Part 1 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

A common joke on the Internet goes something like this:

1980: “I bet there will be flying cars in the future!”

2017: Twitter increases 140 character limit on messages to 280 [or other mundane social media “in

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“Our minds can be hijacked”: the concept of anti-social media hits mainstream news

I have long ranted about the negative social ramifications of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other forms of social media.

This opinion is slowly making its way into the mainstream. The Guardian released an article this month “Our minds can be hijacked”: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia.

Aside from the political bias that is d… Read more

3 ways social media has made you a worse person

1. You don’t really care about anyone but you and your self image, but you like giving the impression to your social network that you’re such a caring person:

 

2. Your first inclination at a nice dinner or momentous occasion is to take a picture rather than soak in the experience.

 

3. You struggle to read up to this point. Your attenti

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Two-factor authentication fails to address the bigger problems

Lately there has a been a surge in services providing two-factor authentication (2FA).  Google, Apple, many financial institutions and e-mail vendors have started to offer two-factor authentication to its users.

Multi-factor authentication assumes that a password is not enough to log in to an account. A device that needs to be physically held by the … Read more

The solution to polarized politics that has infected EVERYTHING

There’s nowhere you can escape from politics (this blog article included).

Your workplace is infected, starting with human resource departments and mandatory sensitivity training. Coffee break talk probably revolves around politics.

Silicon Valley is infected. All your tech toys and social media now have political leanings. New features rev… Read more

5 UNUSUAL FORCES DRIVING OUR CLICKBAIT SOCIETY

  1. Social media encourages hyperbole to attract superficial “likes”. Everyone on Facebook is eternally in high school and every day is a popularity contest.
  2. Facebook statuses and Twitter messages allow only a couple of sentences to get a message across. Forget meaningful content, well-thought out proofs or expositions. Instead, use witty p
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Facebook is self-inflicted identify theft, now made easier with the Equifax hack

For the first time in my life I received a call from scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The call originated from a newly released area code — an immediate sign of a fake. In case they contacted you too, the number is 289-855-2982. The caller’s voice was a text-to-speech engine — another sign of a fake. The impostors were trying to hide the… Read more

When Facebook stock rises, humanity falls

On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Facebook’s stock jumped nearly 7% in pre-market hours on news of earnings beating estimates and higher numbers of active users.

Good news for stock speculators, bad news for society.

Facebook, in my opinion, is the most unethical of the big “FANG” tech stocks.  It’s a company whose chief product i… Read more

Is Facebook and “social media” contributing to the rise of social isolation?

A recent New York Times article has noted:

Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent.

And the article concludes with a hypothesis:

A great paradox of our hyper-connected digital age is that we seem to be drifting apart. Increasingly, however, research confirms our deepest intuitio

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