- Dec 2021
She thinks the companies themselves are behind this, trying to manipulate their users into having certain opinions and points of view.
The irony is that this is, itself, somewhat a conspiracy theory.
Though, I think a nuanced understanding may be closer:
- The real purpose is not to influence people to believe anything. It's money. It's ad spend and data collection to sell. We need to demonstrate to advertisers that their ads are actually getting seen. The more they get seen, the more money we make. And, the more time is spent on the service, the more data we have to sell... which is as valuable as the add spend.
- Companies jigger algorithms to maximize time spent on the service.
- As the Bible is clear, the heart of man is wicked, and the kinds of things that maximize time spent are themselves attitudes of evil, malice, wickedness, and hatred, and the list of things Paul repeatedly tells us to avoid. Go figure.
- So, people feel the platforms are basically like smoking, and yet, they can't stop.
About 7 in 10 Americans think their phone or other devices are listening in on them in ways they did not agree to.
I'm enough of a tinfoil hat wearer to this this might be true. Especially since my google home talks to me entirely too much when I'm not talking to it.
Only 10 percent say Facebook has a positive impact on society, while 56 percent say it has a negative impact and 33 percent say its impact is neither positive nor negative. Even among those who use Facebook daily, more than three times as many say the social network has a negative rather than a positive impact.
Here's the rub. Only 1 out of 10 Americans surveyed think Facebook is a good idea.
Over half of Americans surveyed actually think Facebook is bad for them and society as a whole. And yet, the general sense is now that life is impossible without it.
How does the church respond to this? Do we tell people to get off or "use in moderation?"