Have you ever found yourself wondering “…what if I just delete my Facebook account…?”
Believe us, you’re not the only one to have pondered this question jokingly or even seriously in the last few years, and with good reason. Some part of you likely came to this realisation, intuitively, that feeling insecure and sad and lonely after several hours of doom scrolling and checking all your social media accounts was not quite the experience you were promised from these Social Media Apps.
In this Episode of Tech4Evil Manal and Reinhardt take a close look at Jaron Lanier’s book Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now. For those of you who have seen the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, Jaron Lanier and his book are already permeating your consciousness.
The ideas put forward in the book are likely starting to tickle that part of your brain entertaining the notion that purging your toxic, pervasive and attention-stealing social media accounts could mean getting your life back. In other words, if you delete your Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter accounts you might be able to have better mental and emotional health, be a better person and enjoy a more authentic human connection with your family and friends and loved ones. yes, you might get back to the life you had before all the notifications, posts, likes, comments and reshares started to chime and vibrate and ding their way into your daily consciousness through the smartphone you keep within reach 24 hours daily.
If you’re looking to follow that intuitive part of your brain down the rabbit hole and say “goodbye” to all this digital detritus from your life then this is the episode for you.
According to Jaron Lanier, when you delete your social media accounts you will join the resistance against the main insanity of our times, be less of an asshole, support the discovery of truth, be more empathetic and restore your economic dignity… Wow! What do you have to lose?
Join Manal and Reinhardt and explore some of the best reasons to get rid of all your toxic social media accounts. We will explain how Big Tech is doing its best to take up all our attention, all our emotional bandwidth and all our digital capital as netizens. Tune in to our Crash Course in Digital Self-Defense and spread the word about reclaiming our autonomy and digital agency. Don’t miss this important episode and don’t succumb to the hypnosis that Big Tech wants to permeate. We are taking back our digital agency and fighting to keep tech good! For young and old and for our collective future.
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