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Social Media and Christianity - Part 2

Over the last couple of weeks I have discussed the topic of social media with a few different groups. It has been interesting to note that almost every group is concerned about some aspect of social media. But, more importantly, that most people had not previously to our conversation given in-depth consideration to the effects of social media on their lives. In this post, I would like to discuss a few of the dangers that we discussed.

Echo chamber: Social media is an echo chamber where we are only confronted with our own ideas. These platforms are designed so that we mostly see the stuff we are interested in. If another person is offensive to you they can simply be blocked without any more interaction with them.  This gives us the impression that everybody agrees with us and removes the possibility of being challenged meaningfully on our own views. The greatest effect, however, is that it polarizes people making a toxic environment for any sort of mutual understanding of disparate gro…

Social Media and Christianity

The Bible never says specifically that we shouldn't smoke, drink, do drugs, or gamble, but most Christian's discourage participation in these activities because of the harmful effects. We need to add one more to the list, social media.

Social media apps targets reward based behaviour which activates the brain's dopamine pathways, which are the same pathways that are hijacked by drugs, but are normally used to reward eating, sleeping, etc... The intended goal of these social media giants is to have you buy things from the companies that advertise on their platform.  It is true that this kind of advertising has been going on for years, so why should we be concerned now?

The difference is that companies now know so much more about how to manipulate you. In a article by The Guardian, it was reported that,
Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents bas…