Social media addiction is not natural or normal but is it really a disease? | Roisin Kiberd

We should be focusing on living with Facebook et al, rather then abandoning, restricting or censoring it, says technology writer Roisin Kiberd Is social media addictive? The issue is complex, and probably generational. Its obvious that what social media does to us, especially those of us who are heavy users, is not natural, or normal. Its not normal to submit opinions for approval every day to an online crowd, nor is it normal to consume the opinions of strangers in bulk. Its not normal to live under the surveillance of software companies, which tailor their advertising with such eerie precision that it wake in the night to use social media, or to spend roughly depressed and alone. None of these …

Facebooks new move isn’t about privacy. Its about domination | Siva Vaidhyanathan

Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook would be pivoting to privacy. Thats an empty pledge If you have visited China in recent years you might have discovered how difficult it is to make your way through without WeChat, an all-purpose mobile phone application. People in China use WeChat for everything from sending messages to family to reading news and opinion to ordering food to paying at vending machines to paying for a taxi. WeChat lets you deposit money in your bank, search for a library book, make a medical appointment, conduct business conference calls, and interact with the government. In China, WeChat is the operating system of your life, as it is for announcement on Wednesday. He pledged to …