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Former Advisor to Steve Jobs Says FB is “Destroying the Very Fabric of Human Relationships”

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A former advisor to Steve Jobs warns that Facebook is “destroying the very fabric of human relationships” by making its users become addicted to anger.

During a question and answer session at the 2020 CogX conference, Joanna Hoffman was asked about the cult of leadership within Silicon Valley.

“As I look at Facebook, for example, I keep thinking are they really that ignorant or is this motivated by something … darker than what appears?” she said.

Hoffman went on to accuse Facebook of “destroying the very fabric of democracy, destroying the very fabric of human relationships and peddling in an addictive drug called anger.”

Infowars

Regularly Using Social Media Causes Stressed, Fuels Addiction

Social Media Wiring Public to be Uncivil, Insecure Addicts

This is What Social Media is Doing to Us

Big Tech Has Purposefully Rewired Society to Social Media Distractions

Apple Gets People Addicted to Smart Phones Then ‘Unveils’ Way to Limit Usage

Former FB, Google Employees Turn Against Social Media Giants

Smart Technology Has Rewired Minds

The New Matrix: Americans Addicted to Smart Tech, All But Ignore TV

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Why do you believe what you believe?  Some people have a really solid answer to that question, but much of the population never thinks much about deeper questions such as this.  In fact, for most Americans it is simply easier to let others do their thinking for them.  Today, most of us spend multiple hours each day absorbing information through a screen, and most of the content that is fed to us through our televisions, phones, tablets and computers is controlled by the elite.  And if you allow anyone to feed information into your mind for several hours every day, it is going to have a dramatic impact on how you view the world.

When I was younger, one of my favorite movies was “The Matrix”, and I think that it is a really good metaphor for what is going on in our society today.  In the film, nearly the entire human population was plugged into a system which continuously fed a computer-generated reality into their minds that wasn’t real at all.  Later on, I eventually came to realize that we are willingly doing the same thing to ourselves.  Our personal interactions with one another are extremely limited, but we willingly “plug in” to the enormous matrix of news, information and entertainment that the elite have constructed for many hours each day.

Infowars

Anti-America Propaganda Used to Transform Country into a Hellhole (Video)

Social Media Wiring Public to be Uncivil, Insecure Addicts

Big Tech Knows More About The Public Than Most Governments

Regularly Using Social Media Causes Stressed, Fuels Addiction

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Regular use of social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook can cause huge amounts of stress which, scientists say, can fuel addiction to the sites.

Social networking platforms are known to generate so-called ‘technostress’ among users.

This is not enough to make users ditch the site, but often just makes users use the site in a slightly different way instead.

If this next activity causes more stress, the person again just flips to another social media action,browsing the news feed, messaging etc.

This vicious circle then raises the risk of these people becoming embroiled in an internet web and becoming addicted.

IT and management expert Monideepa Tarafdar of the Lancaster University and colleagues examined the habits of 444 Facebook users.

Daily Mail

UK Generation Z-ers Say Their Lives Are “Meaningless”

Social Media Designed to Depress, Isolate Population

Apple is Punishing Apps That Try to Stop People From Being Addicted to Their Phones

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Apple is removing or restricting apps that are designed to prevent people from becoming addicted to their iPhones.

“Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps,” reports the New York Times.

“In some cases, Apple forced companies to remove features that allowed parents to control their children’s devices or that blocked children’s access to certain apps and adult content. In other cases, it simply pulled the apps from its App Store,” writes Jack Nicas.

“Can you really trust that Apple wants people to spend less time on their phones?” asked Fred Stutzman, chief executive of Freedom, a screen-time app that had more than 770,000 downloads before Apple removed it last summer.

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Fortnite Addiction is Forcing Kids into Video Game Rehab

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(Bloomberg) — Debbie Vitany is fighting a losing battle against Fortnite.

Her 17-year-old son, Carson, has been logging 12 hours a day on the video game, searching for weapons and resources in a post-apocalyptic world where the goal is being the last person standing. Teachers complain he falls asleep in class and his grades have plummeted.

“We’d made some progress in getting him to cut down his Fortnite hours and get better sleep, but he’s slipped back into his old habits,” Vitany, who lives near Saginaw, Michigan, said in an interview. “I’ve never seen a game that has such control over kids’ minds.”

Vitany’s anguish is echoed by an army of other parents, teachers and bosses around the world grappling with a game that sucks up hours of players’ time — sometimes to the detriment of other activities. More than 200 million people have registered to play Fortnite, which has become a billion-dollar business for its creator, Epic Games Inc. Some desperate parents have sent their kids to rehab.

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Alabama Sues OxyContin Manufacturer Purdue Pharma

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With a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Alabama became the latest state to seek damages from Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of powerful opioids like OxyContin, for its alleged role in perpetuating America’s opioid epidemic.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed the suit in Montgomery federal court, the Associated Press reports. The suit claims that Purdue engaged in “deceptive marketing practices,” misleading both patients and doctors about the benefits of their opioid drugs, as well as failing to fully disclose the risk of addiction.

According to Alabama, Purdue engaged in a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging the mass prescription of its drugs. Opioids like morphine were historically prescribed for short-term, severe pain, especially among terminal cancer patients. But, Alabama claims, Purdue worked to expand the use of drugs like OxyContin for chronic and less severe pain, as in arthritis, lower back pain, and frequent headaches.

“Purdue knew, and has known for years, that, as except as a last resort, opioids were addictive and subject to abuse — particularly when used long-term for chronic pain. Purdue further knew, and has known for years, that with prolonged use, the effectiveness of opioids wanes, requiring increases in doses and markedly enhancing the risk of significant side effects and addiction,” the lawsuit says.

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