Death By Facebook, and The Pain of Discovery
Ezinne Ukoha

I love this. It validates what I’ve been feeling for a while: my quality of life is so much better when I don’t spend time on Facebook, and it is effectively impossible for me to spend only a limited amount of time on the platform. If I engage, I have to go back and see responses. I have to know. Next thing I know an hour or two are gone. I have removed it from my devices and logged out on my desktop. No matter what marginal advantage there is to keeping in touch, the purpose of Facebook is to sell advertising, and the advertisers are there to sell stuff, and the more empty we feel inside the more stuff we will buy. Facebook succeeds best as a company when the people who use it feel alienated and alone. That it occasionally gives us warm fuzzies just keeps us coming back, but it does not fulfill our need for community or human contact.

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