As we see the exposure of social media for the trojan horse it was always meant to be we have to decide what to do. Do we sever all ties and shut down all of our accounts? Do we ignore the information flooding out about the deceptive practices of the social media giants? What do we do?
I don’t have an answer for you. I can only answer for myself. And, after prayerful consideration, I am moving away from the social media giants. Is that too little too late? It probably is. What we are learning now about Facebook’s data collection practices of all Facebook members and even non-members, we have to realize that the horses are out of the barn. Even so, we must close the barn door anyways so as not to keep the predators out. To do nothing at all is as foolish as entering the quagmire to begin with. Once you realize you’ve stepped into quicksand you don’t just sink to the bottom and die. You fight with all your might to extricate yourself and get free.
You have to ask yourself the question – has social media helped you, hurt you or do nothing at all? All the time spent on social media acting “social” really is deceptive. All of the people you are connected to on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. aren’t really your friends. Some may be but most are total strangers that you’ve now given access to your personal and family life. In fact, you don’t really know if they are who they say they are. Maybe, like me, you’ve reconnected with friends or family you lost touch with. That seems to make this all worthwhile but truthfully all it did was make it easier. A little more effort expended in finding a home or email address, mutual friends/family or a simple Google search (which brings another set of questions too) may have done the same thing.
As you see, there really is no simple answer to this quandary. What is simple is the fact that all of the social media giants have sold our data to third parties. It’s how they offer their sites for “free”. Aldous Huxley and George Orwell had visions of this type of society. They just didn’t think it would be this easy. And, they most certainly didn’t think their fiction would become a blueprint for these events.
What do you think?
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