Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
BEST OF 2018
In this work Jaron Lanier draws on his insider's expertise to explain precisely how social media works - by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users - and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. As well as offering ten simple arguments for liberating yourself from its addictive hold, his witty and urgent manifesto outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm.
So, if you want a happier life, a more just and peaceful world, or merely the chance to think for yourself without being monitored and influenced by the richest corporations in history, then the best thing you can do, for now, is delete your social media accounts - right now.
You will almost certainly become a calmer and possibly a nicer person in the process.
Introduction, with cats
Argument One: You Are Losing Your Free Will
Argument Two: Quitting Social Media Is The Most Finely Targeted Way to Resist The Insanity of Our Times
Argument Three: Social Media Is Making You Into An A****
Argument Four: Social Media Undermining Truth
Argument Five: Social Media Is Making What You Say Meaningless
Argument Six: Social Media Is Destroying Your Capacity For Empathy
Argument Seven: Social Media Is Making You Unhappy
Argument Eight: Social Media Doesn't Want You To Economic Dignity
Argument Nine: Social Media Is Making Politics Impossible
Argument Ten: Social Media Hates Your Soul
Conclusion: Cats Have Nine Lives