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Psychology

Twitter’s “Moments” prefaced by “People are”: argumentum ad populum in extremis

I’ve repeatedly written about how Facebook and Twitter “likes” cultivate mob mentality, while also being the primary feedback loop retaining users addicted to the tiny doses of affirmation.

A macro-scale consequence of “likes” is that facts and logic have taken a back seat to popular opinion. It doesn’t necessa… Read more

To the moon, BitCoin! When taxicab drivers are buying it, it must be a sound investment, right? Right?!

As of the time of the writing of this article, BitCoin has eclipsed $15,000 USD/BTC, nearly double its value from a month ago.  Similarly, another cryptocurrency which I tout as technologically better than BitCoin due to its more privacy friendly transactions, Monero, has nearly tripled in the same timeframe.

Just tracking the visits to my post on how to mRead more

Jonathan Haidt: Facebook is a social catastrophe

This blog has written on numerous occasions the psychological exploitation and damage Facebook inflicts on its users.

Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist at NYU, reveals findings from studies that demonstrate the negative impact of Facebook, social media and smartphones on the minds of the Internet generation:

 

In addition to Facebook’s cult… Read more

Six psychological “glitches” Facebook uses to exploit you for its own gain

It is no secret that Mark Zuckerberg did more hacking of the human psyche than he did hacking of code to make Facebook as big as it is today.  There isn’t anything particularly technologically innovative about Facebook (in fact, almost any high school programmer can make a rough prototype of it within a day or two), but as Sean Parker revealed, Faceboo… Read more

Founding president Sean Parker exposes Facebook’s psychological exploitation of its users

Considering Mark Zuckerberg has studied psychology and has no remorse in exploiting everyone for his own benefit, Sean Parker’s revelations in a conversation with Axios should come as no surprise to anyone following this blog or other anti-social media trends.

“When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and th

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Sebastian Junger knows about the dangers of social media

Sebastian Junger, a journalist, author and filmmaker, uses an anthropological view to hypothesize that social media has cultivated anti-social tendencies.

Some choice quotes from his interview with Joe Rogan:

I just looked around. I’m an anthropologist and I’m interested in human behavior, and I look at the behavior, like literally the p

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“Lose Bigly” later: facts in a world where only persuasion matters

Scott Adams, author of Dilbert and self-proclaimed hypnotist, believes that persuasion is the dictating force in a world where facts don’t matter.

I largely believe he is right. However, I believe that psychology is what influences the short-term future. In the long term, the trend is dictated by facts and fundamentals.

We are talking about the tre… Read more

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs knew about the dangers of smartphones and social media

Business Insider released an article that acknowledges the “anti-social media” phenomenon I’ve been writing about for years.

Most keen technologists, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, recognize the social and societal detriment caused by social media. When social media is combined with take-it-anywhere smartphone technolo… Read more

All of modern society’s ills packaged into one story: Apple iPhone X, social media and unbridled narcissism

“Viral” may be the most apt term derived from the modern technological era. Not only does it describe a negative phenomenon that spreads quickly (primarily via social media, the carrier), it infects the minds of all the users (the hosts).

A recent story broke out that encapsulates everything that is wrong with today’s modern society.

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“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 4: the death of nuance and humility

This article follows Parts 12 and 3 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

Narcissism is in, humility is out. Social media and the coddled generation have cultivated a culture of blaming others for their own failings and perceived injustices.

Politics is downstream from culture. Politics has taken o… Read more