Some people worry that big tech
companies are seducing you into spending more time online, all so they can monetize
your data. Is this true? Yes, but not in a bad way! Big tech companies do try to get
you to consume more of their services, just like Starbucks and the New York
Times do. This is normal. Is consuming more tech bad for you?
Studies show that spending more time on Facebook is associated with greater
obesity, less well being, and less real time with friends. But this is also true
for television. And if you interact with your friends on Facebook, your sense of
well-being is actually higher, and you feel more socially connected. But don’t
the tech companies gather lots of data on you that they use to their advantage?
Absolutely, but this is also normal. President Obama made social media micro-targeting of voters famous. Tech companies just need to be transparent
about their real business. Big tech is doing what others have done before, only
in a bigger way, and big tech’s successors will do it even bigger. What do you think?
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