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[B]ecause social media companies have a business model that relies on getting users to click, they show us exactly what we want to see — and block what we don’t want to see. To navigate through an overwhelming amount of information, tech companies block out the unfamiliar and uncomfortable, shutting out diversity of thought and confirming our biases. This is both a feature of their algorithms and in their decisions to manually remove or demonetize conservative content.

John Gable, “Tech Companies May Be Stifling Conservative Speech. Can They Change?” AllSides (Sep 25, 2018)

Turn off social media notifications and remove infinite scroll apps, for starters. See [[201707271022]].

Jacob Trunnell, “Your Smartphone Costs A Lot More Than You Think It Does”

When we’re addicted to online life, every moment is fun and diverting, but the whole thing is profoundly unsatisfying. I guess a modern version of heroism is regaining control of social impulses, saying no to a thousand shallow contacts for the sake of a few daring plunges.

David Brooks, “Intimacy for the Avoidant,” The New York Times (Oct 7, 2016)