Social Media is an Illusion

I’ve been telling to family and friends since Facebook launched
Social Media is an Illusion

Illustration: a screenshot of a typical “json” file you’d receive after requesting the data a company holds about you. Not many of us really understand these geeky code…

By posting to your social media channel you are just creating free content to sell ads. Making billionaires even richer. You don’t get new business or fame, it’s an illusion, it is a hoax.

Get a decent website or blog, it’s a bit more work but at least you are in control and you’ll see who visits your content, what’s the most popular and so many other things you can learn about yourself, your business.

There’s no algorithm – clients and audience will find you!

I am also in the process to make my business completely social media free.

Further Sources
– Illustration agency Handsome Frank on algorithm anxiety

Just found a related podcast made by Tropical MBA: Quitting Social Media –  Cal Newport
It’s so good I would make it part of the curriculum at Secondary Schools and High Schools globally.

If you wanted to know more about how toxic social media is, this interview with Sam Vaknin is one of the best. It's about 1.5 hours long, here are the main topics you might want to jump directly in:

Signaling Enhances Anxiety 1:38 Self-Limiting Stage Of Social Media 4:34 Who Created Social Media And Why 9:53 How Social Media Uses Negative Emotions 14:13 Social Media Is Built For Hatred And Aggression 19:10 Social Media Encourages Toxic Behavior 21:11 Why Did Social Media Choose Networks As A Model? 26:57 What Will Happen To People Who Keep On Using Social Media? 31:11 Social Media Addicts Are Much Like Zombies 35:08 Social Media Is The Most Anti-Social Invention 37:30 The Reason Why Homosexuality Might Triple In The Nearest Future 43:00 Social Media Encourages Very Infantile Binary State 44:49 If There Were A Drug That Would Have Created The Same Effects, It Would Be Already Banned 48:25 The Most Terrifying Thing For People Is Being Ostracized 51:30 Social Media Forces You To Behave Narcissistically 56:16 Social Media Is Conditioning And That Why People Use It Although It Makes Them Feel Bad 58:55 The Digital Natives Are More Susceptible And Vulnerable Part 1 1:03:59 The Digital Natives Are More Susceptible And Vulnerable Part 2 1:07:16 Social Media Is The World For Digital Natives 1:12:19 Why Does Social Media Encourage The Lack Of Intimacy? Part 1 1:18:32 Why Does Social Media Encourage The Lack Of Intimacy? Part 2 1:21:36 Is Love, Community, Intimacy An Antidote To The Virus? 1:25:51 Why Social Media Is Not Real Communication 1:28:13 Real Communication In The Age Of Social Media 1:31:43 The End

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