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Before you get out of bed in the morning, do you grab your phone, or do you wait until you use the restroom? You only have two choices because you’re a user. If these are your only two choices, then you are an addict and need help.
Sites like Facebook are figuring you out by studying what you watch, click on, and share. By knowing who you are, they can connect advertisers to you, so you buy their products. It’s not about selling your information because they don’t want anyone to know what they have on you.
They aim to store all that information so that they can predict your behavior. Google’s 300-year-plan is to tell you what you want to do before you know you want to do it. AI does this, according to the book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
I said the following to a friend asking, “Why do I stay on Facebook.” Though the question was partly in jest, I believe, I responded this way, which I trust you will take to heart.
It’s because you’re a user. No offense intended here, but there are only two demographics that are called users. One is those who are addicted to drugs, and the other are those addicted to these platforms. That’s not me saying this but Silicon Valley. They look at you as a user. Their objective is always to be figuring out how to keep you on these platforms. If you have not watched the documentary #socialdilemma, I appeal to you to do it, and then become strategic about these platforms, including dumping some of them, including specific browsers. I use Qwant.
If your friends want to hear from you, tell them to go to MeWe or another platform that is not manipulating you through their algorithms. They can friend you there. This problem is more severe than most folks think, and I’m not an alarmist. Most of the folks who create these apps don’t let their children use them because they know what they are doing to us. The user is the last to know.
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).