Social media has become - in a relatively short period of time - a ubiquitous piece of our cultural fabric. The technology is incredible, we’ve never been so connected and had so much information at our fingertips. But do the benefits of social media outweigh the downsides? Do we fully understand the effects it has on our attention, productivity, and mental health? I share my thoughts on the topic of social media and touch on discussion points such as:
my rationale for deleting social media in my life, and the problems I see
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recent TED talk and why creativity is killed by seeking attention online
What is the attention economy? and how do social media companies work?
The false construction that we must be connected and have a lot of followers to be “successful”
The Four Horsemen of the Social Media Apocalypse
It’s a very important and relevant conversation to be having in 2019, so I hope this episode made you think and reconsider your relationship to social media and your smartphone.