In Tech we Trust

My 13yr old, Ethan (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

Disconnecting from platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is a luxury but isn’t always feasible. I know this first hand.

How many times have you caught yourself scrolling through the never ending feeds of other people’s pages ? Or down a You Tube rabbit hole ? The comments section ? I’m not entirely sure that we know how we got here.

I read a book called Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O’Neil, perhaps the most riveting book on mathematics I have ever read. O’Neil poses a compelling argument on how the unregulated misuse (or, weaponizing) of data by organizations, on a mass scale is actually damaging lives.

You could even argue that we’ve gone from a state of being watched (think George Orwell’s 1984) to being manipulated. Our behavioral patterns are being sold as commodity by big tech companies, and perhaps our individual privacy is more important now than it ever has been.

Next time you find yourself scrolling for hours, or in the comments section, ask yourself: Is this adding value to my life ?

If so, scroll away !

I got bitches askin’ me about the code for the WiFi. So they can talk about they timeline. And show me pictures of they friends. Just to tell me they ain’t really friends.

– Drake (Energy)

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