On Disconnecting from Social Media

I’ve flirted with the idea of scrubbing my social media presence for a while now - aside from being a time-suck, we’re entering an era where these giant conglomerates aren’t just ethically ambiguous anymore, they’re starting to seem downright morally bankrupt. Eco chambers and bubbles are also deceiving and depressing given the times we live in.

Jaron Lanier has a new book where he outlines why everyone should delete their social media accounts (right now!) that I found particularly good at articulating why I eventually bit the bullet and deleted all my social media profiles.

Argument 1: You are losing your free will.

Argument 2: Quitting social media is the most finely targeted way to resist the insanity of our times.

Argument 3: Social media is making you into an asshole.

Argument 4: Social media is undermining truth.

Argument 5: Social media is making what you say meaningless.

Argument 6: Social media is ruining your capacity for empathy.

Argument 7: Social media is making you unhappy.

Argument 8: Social media doesn’t want you to have economic dignity.

Argument 9: Social media is making politics impossible.

Argument 10: Social media hates your soul.

Recommended reading: Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?