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No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media - Addiction is Individual whilst Social Norms apply to Groups - The Distinction Matters

It has become commonplace for media outlets to talk about this dark side of technology using the language of addiction. In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, for instance, psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee called on mental health professionals to recognize the bleak reality of “tech addiction.” In his New York Times column, Kevin Roose wrote about his “phone problem,” and how it had broken his brain. Parents and teens often signal their unhappiness with the amount of time spent online by framing the issue as smartphone addiction.

Framing the issue solely as social media addiction, besides being unhelpful, might in fact hinder social change. Measures that give teens and parents more control over the time they spend on social media — including Apple’s Screen Time and Android’s Digital Wellbeing — work well to increase awareness of our behavior, but they do nothing to change expectations about the private beliefs and hidden preferences of other people. Because of this, strategies that target individual behavior will be largely ineffective when it comes to changing the social norm.

Social norms involve entire societies of complex interacting individuals, stuck in an equilibrium they privately oppose. Because of their great power to govern human actions, they should be at the center of how we think about positive social change, and social media overuse is no exception. Indeed, if the dissonance between social media norms and the private beliefs of post-millennials is as strong as I think, it could be just a matter of time until the status quo is challenged. If enough people realize that many others are just as unhappy with the norm, change will happen.

The article delves a bit deeper into social norms and how they influence society even when a majority of individuals would like to change them. "Group thought" is not always the best direction for society to take and I wish a topic like this was mandatory study at schools. As we saw from Nazi Germany it is important that we stay accountable for our individual actions and be aware of negative societal norms.

The author, Arunas L. Radzvilavicius, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He currently works on theoretical models of human behaviour, evolution of social norms, and moral emotions.

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No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media


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No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media


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Opinion | What many commentators describe as an addiction is actually a powerful social norm at work. The distinction matters.

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William Godwin’s Stunning 1794 Advice to a Young Activist on How to Confront the Status Quo with Self-Possession, Dignity, and Persuasive Conviction

“Above all… abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective… Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yields to the emotions neither of rage nor fear.”

"Never forget that juries are men, and that men are made of penetrable stuff: probe all the recesses of their souls. Do not spend your strength in vain defiance and empty vaunting. Let every syllable you utter be fraught with persuasion. What an event would it be for England and mankind if you could gain an acquittal! Is not such an event worth striving for? It is in man, I am sure it is, to effect that event. Gerrald, you are that man. Fertile in genius, strong in moral feeling, prepared with every accomplishment that literature and reflection can give. Stand up to the situation — be wholly yourself."

"Above all, let me entreat you to abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective. Show that you are not terrible but kind, and anxious for the good of all. Truth will lose nothing by this. Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yields to the emotions neither of rage nor fear. It is by calm and recollected boldness that we can shake the pillars of the vault of heaven. How great will you appear if you show that all the injustice with which you are treated cannot move you: that you are too great to be wounded by their arrows; that you still hold the steadfast course that becomes the friend of man, and that while you expose their rottenness you harbour no revenge. The public want men of this unaltered spirit, whom no persecution can embitter. The jury, the world will feel your value, if you show yourself such a man: let no human ferment mix in the sacred work."

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William Godwin’s Stunning 1794 Advice to a Young Activist on How to Confront the Status Quo with Self-Possession, Dignity, and Persuasive Conviction


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William Godwin’s Stunning 1794 Advice to a Young Activist on How to Confront the Status Quo with Self-Possession, Dignity, and Persuasive Conviction


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“Above all… abstain from harsh epithets and bitter invective… Truth can never gain by passion, violence, and resentment. It is never so strong as in the firm, fixed mind, that yie…

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"Le monde est un livre, et ceux qui ne voyagent pas, n'en lisent qu'une page."
Saw this sign in a hotel lobby in Bordeaux, France and liked the #philosophy of it so much that I had one made when I got home, and hung it in my foyer entrance:

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photo: ©appaloosa, 2017


#France #travel #photography
 

Making Public | #Synchronicityofparasites @Zinedepo/Motel Spatie, 17-5-2019

Motel Spatie is located in a part of an abandoned shopping mall. The mall had been built in 1965 as one of the first European adoptions of the American shopping mall concept. Motel Spatie is a DIY space founded in 2010 on the principles and with the attitude of squatter culture, never mind squatting having been outlawed in the Netherlands by the neoliberal Rutte government.
#DIY #hacker #Zine #parasite #scholar #literature #feminism #criticaltheory #humanities #hackerculture #philosophy
 
ah ha, and that brings the question of routine vs. a habit. Because see, for routines, I use org-clone-subtree-with-time-shift. Basically a copy of the same activity that repeats every set of time.

So... is a habit a copy of the same activity repeating a certain time, or a single copy that needs to be marked "done" every specific rotation?

Is it the same to us, or is it not the same? ..and why?

morning thoughts...

#orgmode #habits #routine #philosophy #brainfart #coffee
 
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