People are coming to realize in more recent times that social media plays a much larger role in our lives and business in general. While there are good things about social media but there are also many dark things as well.

For one, we all scroll endlessly through our news feeds. We constantly post things we think will make people like us and our things more. We are all seeking attention from in many cases people we do not even know.

Social media is overrun with things like trolling, cyberbullying and so much more. We portray ourselves online in the ways we wish we were rather than the ways we are. We compare ourselves more to others and are always trying to keep up with other people. Does this sound healthy to you?

Many powerful companies and businesses can pay for us to see things they want us to see. These companies use their money and power to sway our opinions through social media and we don’t even bat an eye. Social media in many forms is manipulating us more than we realize.

Chamath Palihapitiya who was once the vice president of Facebook for user growth has come out in more recent times expressing tremendous guilt for being a part of Facebook in general. He says social media is tearing society apart. He says bad actors can now manipulate large swaths of people to do anything they want them to. The goal was to get people hooked and that was exactly what happened.

That being said, he has not been the only person to speak out. Former Google engineer Tristan Harris even went so far as to tell 60 Minutes that companies like Google have a whole playbook of techniques to keep people as glued to their apps as possible. There are clear downsides to the social media age we are currently in.

The more you know the more you can do to work against it. While you don’t have to delete your Facebook and swear off of cell phones, you should be cutting back and noting these things so that you can be on the lookout for them. To hear some of these people speak please check out the video below. They seem to have quite a lot to say and deserve to be heard.

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