Social Media Defence
There has been a huge increase in young girls requesting plastic surgery to look more like their profile pics
Social Media Defence – Plastic Surgery Requests
Filters that widen the eyes, raise the cheekbones and plump up those lips creating false beauty standards. Those pics receive more and more likes confirming to the user what everybody desires. Then the algorithms drive personal pictures to the feed more often creating a false ratio of likes for selfies etc. Thus skewing the perspective of the user to what is important.
When stocks and shares are based on users screen time, the aim is obvious for these platforms and they know you better than you do. If you think that’s unlikely, then you are not well informed or so out of touch with technology you possibly watch Mrs Brown and think its funny. Spotify recommends songs you love all the time, youtube recommends videos you can’t tear yourself away from. They know you, they know what you like, they feed you more and more of it and you are slowly becoming the lungs of the machine world. Matrix was not to far off.
Social Media Defence – Eyes on screens
NETFLIX QUOTE “Our only competitor is sleep”
The aim is to keep people scrolling and keep share prices growing. This means the more time youngsters spend on Instagram etc the more of the free time and headspace is taken up with a false reality. This then leaks over into face to face interactions as the common thing to talk about is the thing we all do the most of, so we talk about Instagram posts and likes and pictures. We even start to think in terms of posting a status. Ever been doing something fun and started to think about putting it up on FB etc?
Life gets shallower and less meaningful while beauty standards and the perfect life are portrayed as normal. As girls express violence differently than boys all this hyper exaggerates various traits that have negative effects and this is one of the reasons suicides in girls are rising fast.
Boys still kill themselves at a higher rate than girls but the numbers are growing, with a 70% increase for girls recently and a 30% increase for boys.
Social Media Defence – Beyond the physical
Now teaching kids and adults to stand up to bullies with a firm clear warning and then if needs be a punch in the face is in our opinion much needed. In fact, when parents come in and tell us, like someone did on Saturday “Thank you, my boy punched the bully back after being bullied for o long he stood up for himself” Well those days are what makes it all worth while.
But things are changing at thats not enough any more, online presence and screen time is having terrible effects.
Now either we change human nature, become more compassionate and kind to each other. OK so lets forget that for a while, maybe in the future but were a way off that yet
We take control of our usage and screen time, the tech companies are actually addressing some of these issues ive laid out above but its a slow movement, remember stocks and shares £££££££ will always come first.
Social Media Defence – Essential Listening
Heres a great interview with a guy who’s works at the highest levels of the big tech companies, he’s doing good work.
Have a listen here, limit your screen time and get a life
FUNCTION FIRST RAMBLINGS