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Ace714259753yIts useful if you don't have someone's phone number... Other than that it was one of the most toxic things I ever partook in... And I've been way happier since I quit it quite a while ago
Ace714259753y@leanrob to name a few... Arguments, name calling, cnn vs fox, red vs blue, Obama hate now trump hate, completely fake news stories that only ignorant people would believe followed by said people yelling at each other over it, fear mongering that racism, sexism, homophobia is a nationwide epidemic, gun arguments.
Heres the way I see it. If 300 million Americans interact with 100 people a day (conservatively) between driving, work, grocery store, etc that's like 30,000,000,000 interactions a day. Facebook and all major media outlets cherry pick half a dozen of those interactions and make it sound like you can't walk out of your house without getting discriminated against, shot or blown up. And people buy into it big time.
leanrob37743y@FrodoSwaggins If you are interested in the scientific reason why people are like that then have a look at the book “Hooked” by Nir Eyal.
He gives a very good breakdown of the exact system of manipulation that FB uses.
Basically, external trigger attached to a strong emotion (in this case loneliness and boredom), then a small commitment from you (open the app), then a variable reward (variability is super important to keep user guessing), then repeat.
Eventually, people associate the emotion itself as a trigger. So instead of having the emotion and THEN getting a notification, and then opening FB, people just have the emotion of boredom or loneliness and automatically open the app.
The book also have a long section in the beginning of how dangerous this is. It is dangerous.