Social Media Isn't Broken, But It Is Highlighting Our Insecurity


An Elaboration

In theory, if social media were but a simple tool, and not biased by money, we'd be ok. The responsibility would fall into the hands of the user.  

But it's not that simple. We're fundamentally insecure and would still find other ways to judge people. You wouldn't be able to buy your way to the top, but you'd still need good genetics. 

So despite social media's shining a light on our collective flaws, they're still deeply rooted. These inherent flaws won't go away unless we change fundamentally. 

What many people are doing, and what I hope becomes the norm, is using social media to connect with our fellow human. Highlighting good deeds and restoring faith. This won't happen if we're all riddled with fear. That keeps us jilted, trapped in the box of expectation.

Pausing, taking a breath, worldly perspective, and giving space to others helps dissipate fear. It's difficult. It takes an open mind and a long time. You need to be patient. 

Even if others aren't getting you, and you can see they're frustrated, and you're frustrated, you need to remain cool. Don't flare up like all of history. Stand still for once and just listen. Give another a chance to be heard. It's all we ever want. 

Once a person has been heard, they feel comfortable, validated; such that they can begin the real work of exploring and creating. But one is not motivated or inspired otherwise.

We're all on the same side here. Do someone a favor and listen to them. Pay it forward and you'll soon have your chance to be heard. 


Thanks to Pieter Levels (@levelsio) for sharing!

In the face of this global mistake, we have an opportunity to learn. There is no fail. 

Former Facebook exec: "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we've created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. You are being programmed" (2017)

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