Most People Identify as Huggers, Rarely Hug “I think that—and I should be careful about how I say this, but—I do think using Facebook sometimes feels like using heroin,” Vivek Murthy, the recent-past U.S. Surgeon General, said yesterday. The comment … Continue reading Can loneliness cause addiction?
Facebook patents show multiple ways the network could harness our emotions Social media has been known to mess with our emotions and even affect our mental health — and that manipulation is sometimes by design. Facebook, in particular, has been … Continue reading Predicting emotions online
Your Addiction to Social Media Is No Accident On February 9, 2009, Facebook introduced the like button. Initially, the button was an innocent thing. It had nothing to do with hijacking the social reward systems of a user’s brain. “The … Continue reading The rise of addictive technology
Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture? Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in … Continue reading The cognitive traps of social media
Facebook’s New News Feed Isn’t Progress Facebook has a lot to learn from John Stuart Mill, one of history’s greatest thinkers about freedom and democracy. In 1834, Mill wrote, “It is hardly possible to overstate the value, in the present … Continue reading Why Facebook’s News Feed is bad
What neuroscience and psychology can teach us about shareable content What makes you stop scrolling through an article, open up a social media app and hit the share button? Is it logic, emotion, or something else? Turns out, there’s more … Continue reading Why do you share what you do?
How social media taught us to stop listening and forget how to lose For followers of William Miller, dawn of 22 October 1844 was a real letdown. Hundreds of thousands of them were convinced they had a date with Jesus … Continue reading Confirmation bias in social media