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temporary_ wrote (edited )

I feel terrible when I read about people young enough to have been born into this shitty smartphone culture. Must be a nightmare and I can't imagine finding the required willpower. Nonetheless I'm suspicious of the people like the author of this piece, it's not a bad article but minimizing individual responsibility seems like a justification to keep indulging in his beloved social media. If you were already a teen the time when smartphones and the Facebook generation of social media were introduced, you could have easily avoided getting into it. Seem to me like this kind of articles, a genre in itself, never seem to address individual responsibility, what does raddle think? A network effect in reverse seems like the best solution to me.

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just1602 OP wrote

I think even if there's an individual part in this, the private / corporate social media are actively working on keeping their platforms addictive. There's also a lot of social pressure, especially for younger people who are almost born with a facebook account.

As a young teenager when those platforms come out, I didn't have a lot of experience on the internet back in the days, my parents were not tech savvy and I had not been introduce to anarchist / anticapitalist ideas nor FOSS ideas, so even if I tried to not join because I was preferring MSN, I finally join when almost all my network had move from MSN to facebook.

I think you're right when you suggest to create collective alternative to private social media. In general, even if I think using non-actively addictive platform is probably saner, I think a lot of people need to (re)start to speak to each other without any technological proxy. And if we have / want to use technologies to communicate on a daily basis, we need to use less destructive and more reliable technologies. During the last facebook / instagram / whatapp crash, a lot of people were not able to communicate with their friends nor their family because they didn't have their email nor their phone number... this need to change!

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temporary_ wrote (edited )

As a young teenager when those platforms come out, I didn't have a lot of experience on the internet back in the days, my parents were not tech savvy

I reckon I come off very unsympathetic sometimes. Maybe we should be more indulgent toward teens falling prey to these attention traps. But I strongly suggest you to stop using ig or fb ASAP, in case you didn't already. You can do it. :)

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