I am a bit confounded with all the wrongs the big tech corporations do and I am interested in input from others.
Do you think it is worth the effort to maximize avoiding Google for example? There are so many aspects: privacy, attention, democracy, freedom… And I am all for trying to lead a decent, responsible, as ethical as I can afford life.
I don’t use facebook. I’ve been on and off but ultimately the storm of ads disgusted me and made me stay away.
But what about google? I don’t use it much, even for email, but I’ve recently been thinking whether I am wasting time using ddg, qwant, Posteo and a mail client, and Nextcloud, and WebDAV and CalDAV at ownCube etc. It’s not much if you have some experience with GNU/Linux but, still, there is always a constant, be it small, level of maintenance in the background. And I have some life stuff to do too.
Recently my online grocery shop introduced a possibility to use google assistant to shop there. I am so curious about it! But should I use this Google assistant data collecting eavesdropping wiretap app?
Is it even a realistic problem that there is serious data collection going? Is it a real risk that a government or a shady organization will use that data against me? I live in Europe but all sorts of weird things are happening nowadays (and I am from Poland, having liberal and anti-government views).
Are all those apps and services a serious threat to my well being, to my attention span? I practice science so focus is important to me.
Does Tristan Harris use gmail?
I’ve been considering recently just going with it and focusing on my life stuff and academia and stopping to care about what might happen if the corporations abuse the data somehow.
But, then, aren’t they doing it already, manipulating unaware people. Maybe me and I’m unaware? Maybe they successfully implanted FOMO in me and now I have to ask around if it’s worth it to go google again?