Same for me. I understand that it can be better for ByteDance (the company behind TikTok), as users get more easily addicted to the “short video” content format. But as for the users, any practical content / content with actual value that may appear there will be most likely oversimplified, so there are mostly just absolutely random topics that you don’t have to think about and just mindlessly consume.
@john_dumpling I can see some value in Twitter, Linkedin and even FB & Instagram, but TikTok is just, like you said, for mindless consumption.
Thank you, Mudita team, for making a cellphone that cannot access social media!
@kirkmahoneyphd Thanks for sharing this. The article uses the term “Digital Social Contagion” and I find that term very appropriate. There is a book that just came out last week which covers this topic.
Had an interesting discussion with the teenagers in my family, basically revolving around what is a reasonable amount of time spent in front of screens. The outcome was quite fascinating to me. A few comments:
“This is how the world works now, dad. EVERYONE uses their phones for EVERYHTING. I dont know ANYONE that doesnt.”
“I dont see the problem, if I want to go out, I´ll just do it! When I´m tired I´ll go to sleep! When I´m hungry I´ll cook me a meal, I would never stop care about those things becuase of a stupid phone!”
“It´s communication, just because its through a device doesnt make it less meaningful.”
" A phone is a carrier of information, just like a book."
Well, what do you say to that?
@John_Andersson YIKES. I will preface my answer with the fact that I was raised in the 80s & 90s.
So certain things just seem natural to me because I grew up doing things the ANALOG way. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE technology, but I also think some innovation has gotten out of control & is really unnecessary. Technology should improve out lives, not CONTROL our lives.
I saw this report yesterday on the news & it made me realize that some people are starting to say the quiet part out loud: Social Media has a potential to be a dangerous to minors. However, although it could be argued that social media use should be age-restricted due to concerns about minors being exposed to inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and internet addiction, implementation and enforcement of age restrictions are difficult- not to mention a bit “over-reaching” IMHO
A combination of education and parental monitoring is likely the best approach to deal with the negative effects of excessive social media use by minors.
What do you guys think?
Agreed, and I would add “a simpler phone” to that combination.
I came across this story on the news yesterday:
To those community members with young kids, what’s your approach to social media?
@justyna_latoszek We talked about TikTok yesterday. What do you think about this?