This is my first post, but I am down the “social media is bad for you” - rabbit hole for quite some time. Reading Cal Newport’s stuff, Adam Alter’s book, listening to and reading Jaron Lanier, your own Tristan Harris, deleting most of my own social media and so on, I’m sure some if not most of you went down a similar path. I also started to talk a lot about this topic with friends and family, but it seems like they brush it off as a miniscule issue in a sense that noone can actually “make me do stuff” just by having a website or an app.
So what I did was I started to develop my own web app to make it as addictive as possible, as a sort of “eye-opener” if you will, to demonstrate that this was not only possible, I did it by implementing the exact same “features” that have been rolled out on major websites in the last decade or so.
In this blog entry you can read about the thought process behind the project (and also find the link to it). I would love if you used this to demonstrate to others how easily they can be manipulated and how timely they should think about restructuring their relationship with social media and the likes.
I hope this helps someone in getting the message across.
Hope you all have a fantastic week,