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The True Toxicity of Social Media

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I know no one is going to take the time to watch/listen to this but if you do you will find it interesting. Worth listening till the end. 

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"Selfies today constitute 60% of all activity on social network".

"6 out of every 10 times, we interact with ourselves."

ROFL. So toxic. So cancerous. Thank God I don't fall into the fold.

Watched a good portion of the vid, many "controversial" points made, looking forward to watching the rest.

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There are many bad aspects on social medias. But those i probably hate the most are probably the fact that now many idiots portray themselves as geopoliticians or theologians now they have a public while before they could not have so much attention.

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He made a lot of interesting points, one for example being that people are addicted to negative emotions (don't remember his words exactly). Like envy, contempt, arguing. It made me think of shiachat actually and how I go to shiachat more if there is a topic being debated hotly than if everyone is getting along. I hate when people are fighting and it annoys me but at the same time there is an addicting element to it. :( 

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Commercial media is much against Social media as their hegemony 9n m8nd control has been limited.

Lies about Syria war have been picked up when journalistsstart sending videos from there after so called NATO backed Arab spring.

This cause major no vote to bomb Syria.

There is toxity as well if you keep your profiles too publ8c to be intruded. 

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5 hours ago, ireallywannaknow said:

He made a lot of interesting points, one for example being that people are addicted to negative emotions (don't remember his words exactly). Like envy, contempt, arguing. It made me think of shiachat actually and how I go to shiachat more if there is a topic being debated hotly than if everyone is getting along. I hate when people are fighting and it annoys me but at the same time there is an addicting element to it. :( 

Bismehe Ta3ala,

Assalam Alikum dear sister Really,

I hope you are well and in good health.  Sister, for the most part I get along with everyone Alhamd'Allah.  But as you know there are heated debates that occur especially when it involves politics.  In the west, they teach you not to get involved if you see something wrong, that it isn't your business and the wrong mentality that "You do you." 

As mom2ineen this is unacceptable, since Enjoining good Forbidding evil is from our furoo al deen, branches of religion.  If a shia is mentioning incorrect aspects of the 3qeeda, it is my business to mention it, of course there are conditions.  If I fear for my life for example that this person is going to come after me and my family and he/she is a threat then I no longer have to advise the person.

One of my favorite shows on TV is "What would you Do?"  It brings me to tears to see people who do get involved and help when they can.  There are many people with a heart of gold, Alhamd'Allah.

Sister, I don't argue for the sake of arguing.  I mention the points that are being made or said and make it clear.  We have members who have a history of trying to silence others from speaking what is on their minds, resorting to Ad Hominem attacks , scapegoating, and unfortunately it has come to backbiting as well (istighaba).  Astgfor'Allah.

I am not on SC to get likes or any type of recognition.  I would rather they remove this option, we don't need it.  People who are used to social media crave the attention of validity.  I only seek closeness to Allah swt and for Him to be pleased with me one day, Insh'Allah.  I try my best to fix my intentions to seek a certain goal and that is to reach proximity to Allah swt.  Cursing Bush, McCain and every oppressor for the sake of Allah swt.  You may think this is weird, but I am being genuine, it is what I believe.

I use this platform to voice my dismay at the politics at hand and also to provide insight on certain topics I'm familiar with.  That's all.  My track record is consistent, honest and bold.

Thank you for your time sister and God bless you.

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah

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18 hours ago, ireallywannaknow said:

It made me think of shiachat actually and how I go to shiachat more if there is a topic being debated hotly than if everyone is getting along. I hate when people are fighting and it annoys me but at the same time there is an addicting element to it. :( 

Yeah I don't like it when people get all personal, and then someone says something offensive, followed on by another user popping out of nowhere and defending a user. We're not on this website to take sides and start a war against each other. That's why I feel people need to add a humorous element to their reponses when things are getting heated, or just leave. Islamically we're told that our arguments should be very respectful otherwise our iman will take a massive blow - at the end of the day we're left in a state of regret and we've literally wasted our precious time.

 

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How social media behavior of Muslims is on a decline -Sheikh Mohamad Al hilli (what you do on social media can be harmful)

 

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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18 hours ago, Laayla said:

Assalam Alikum dear sister Really,

Wa alaikum Salam. Of course people are going to have differing opinions and are going to debate with each other. That's human nature because everyone thinks differently. What I was saying is that the addictive element to it is worrisome. If it evicts negative emotions in me, why am I drawn to it? It seems like that would effect someone spiritually to seek out conflict over peace and happiness, and be even entertained by it. People on the internet (Facebook, YouTube, twitter, etc) are a lot more combative and argumentative than in real life and I think that's part of the reason people can be so addicted to these platforms. 

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46 minutes ago, ireallywannaknow said:

What I was saying is that the addictive element to it is worrisome. If it evicts negative emotions in me, why am I drawn to it? It seems like that would effect someone spiritually to seek out conflict over peace and happiness, and be even entertained by it. People on the internet (Facebook, YouTube, twitter, etc) are a lot more combative and argumentative than in real life and I think that's part of the reason people can be so addicted to these platforms. 

I don't think it's worrisome though. It's probably just the adrenaline rush you get when you debate. I'm not sure if it was you or someone else who said that they're drawn to SC when people are having heated arguments, but again the reason why we're drawn to that is likely because of the adrenaline rush. Another reason could be because a lot of us don't express these 'controversial' or rather different opinions in real life, so we use this platform. In my opinion, people don't voice there are three reasons why a person would stick to voicing their opinions online, behind a screen rather than in real life. Firstly, many people have controversial and outrageous points of view that simply go against humanity and individual autonomy, and they know people in real life would never deal with such insanity. Secondly, some people are afraid of judgement and condescending responses they'd get in real life (which are still present online) even if their views are moral and halal. Some people would find it easier to deal with the condescension online rather than in real life. Finally, many of us are introverts and just can't muster up the courage to express our opinions freely in real life. There's obviously nothing wrong with that, but I personally enjoy debating online rather than in real life because I don't get the headache of having to continuously deal with an annoying rude person in real life, online I can just ignore or block users lol (I don't do that for most people, unless respect isn't reciprocated). So, some people just come on when during heated arguments because they wouldn't otherwise have those kinds of conversations or debates. 

Lol, arguments are fun (online) until things get nasty, and most people on here I think, have the respect not to let it get nasty. It's nice to debate topics you're passionate about and see other people's perspectives. Sorry for the long post, and if I went off topic.

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Summary of some of the points made in the video:

·       Social media causes conditioning.

·       Fashion industry was founded by homosexual men. The ideal profile for them is young teenage male figures, and so girls were made boy-like in their physique (i.e. anorexic). This resulted in women believing this is what men want, despite studies clearly stating otherwise. Similarly in terms profiling, social media was founded by all men (not a single woman) who were schizoids, most of these men were asexual or had very little sexual activity; this profile of men is narrowly defined and social media was created in their own image - this tool was therefore geared to schizoid, asexual, white men. This technology with a very specific psychological profile is now being used by people outside this psychological profile, and this is where conflict arises.

·       Screen time decreases happiness, self-esteem, life satisfaction, as well as enhancing depression and anxiety.

·       63% of all instagram users are unhappy - likely the platform made them unhappy, not the other way.

·       Teen suicide climbed by 31% since 2010, and today is the leading cause of death in teens up to the age of 24, which is intimately connected to social media.

·       Pathological envy is a form of aggression, and all social media encourages aggression via algorithms.

·       Social media was deliberately created to foster hatred, aggression, bullying, fake news etc. in order to foster addiction and increase usage.

·       Ex-Chief Engineer of Facebook admits it was designed to cause addiction, and foster hatred.

·       Twitter limited the number of characters since it was created. Aggressive speech acts are much shorter than non-aggressive speech acts according to studies.

·       The "network model" was specifically chosen in order to exert network effect by social media - it spreads the fastest. Unlike hierarchy model, or curated model like forums, this model will get people addicted.

·       Social media in new role models such as school shooters, cults, psychosis, mass hysteria, etc.

·       There was never a moment in history until social media that there is such a large group that are becoming mentally ill (over 1 billion people).

·       We have no tools to treat people with internet addiction. What if a group sue for lack of disability benefits as a result of this diagnosis?

·       Internet addicts are akin to zombies.

·       The amount of face-to-face interactions among teens dropped by 70% in the last decade.

·       Many teenagers despite sitting next to each other still communicate via social media.

·       Homosexual orientation has tripled in less than 6 years - one of the reasons is social media. Social media enhances like-minded people interactions; easier to interact with people who think like you and agree with you.

·       People are literally -(explicit word that starts with F)- themselves, or rather an archetype of.

·       Selfies today constitute 60% of all activity on social networks.

·       51% of internet users watch porn once a day for the purpose of masturbation. When looking only at males, this figure stands at 90%.

·       Psychological regression - people are brought into primitive defence mechanisms such as splitting.

·       Social media is comparable to tobacco in the aspect of conditioning; it's literally designed to do that.

·       Social media will likely be banned at some point in the future.

·       Increases suicide by 31%.

·       Why not implement a usage clock where after 2 hours for example you would be blocked from Facebook or twitter?

·       Humans fear being isolated more than anything, being very social creatures and all.

·       "If I post a banana peel I will get more likes than if I post a quote from Aristotle"

·       Social media forces you to conceal your identity and conform to an ideal which is a narcissistic ideal.

·       When you post a selfie, your anxiety shoots up, because you are exposing yourself and making yourself vulnerable to people who don't even know you or care about you, including haters.

·       "Digital natives" (those born with a tablet and social media in their hands) are doomed, there is no world outside social media, their world is social media and there is no reality outside of this. They are prone to making disastrous decisions not grounded in reality, which may lead to catastrophes such as Donald Trump getting elected.

·       There is no difference in principle between simulation and reality. Reality is a simulation made of carbon atoms. Simulation is a simulation made of other material.

·       Social media is anything but social - needs automized, lonely, hermit-like individuals.

·       The users are the employees of social media - it's supposed to be a content platform but you make the content where you do everything. Twitter and Facebook are dumb idiotic spaces, doing nothing but obeying your input, you are working for them. 24 hours after posting a tweet, it expires, you get no likes, you need to post again.

·       Love, intimacy, real relationships, togetherness, all are threats to social media as they take the eyeballs away from social media.

·       Social media has exponentially multiplied the amount of negative interactions and pain from the hatred directed at people posting various things - this causes these individuals be averse to real-life intimacy because the pain that may be experienced there would be far greater than the social media intimacy where only small parts of people are presented.

·       If you want old-fashion love, emotions, true intimacy, then we are forced by social media to develop multiple personalities in the case of those who have a job on social media, they need to create a parallel life where they have real-life interactions such as through working with teams, having another job, etc.

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One more disturbing thing is the infusion of the 'chatbox' language in our day to day conversations. The linguistic proficiency of the young generation has taken a heavy blow.

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Also, social media interactions rarely translate into real-life contacts. Having a huge friends list does not guarantee real-life sources of help and support.

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51 minutes ago, AbdusSibtayn said:

One more disturbing thing is the infusion of the 'chatbox' language in our day to day conversations. The linguistic proficiency of the young generation has taken a heavy blow.

Agree. ln the early 70's computerese started to alter the language. Keywords, flowchart, prompt(as now used), . . .

Some 'words' were later displaced: Command, CRT, Entry, . . .

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On 12/6/2018 at 8:52 PM, dragonxx said:

Social media in new role models such as school shooters, cults, psychosis, mass hysteria, etc.

ln the 60s, physical mobility, thanks to expressways, became the assembling feature of cults and other groups. Especially in California.

l also took notes on Wednesday. l'II only add a few.

at 22' network of likes --reminded me of the following phenomenon: starting in the 60s and into the 70s, noticeable numbers of people had high anxiety levels because they were never on TV and therefore of little (social) worth. As a commentator wrote in the 70s, this was because most people cannot conceptualize how many people there really were -about 3+ billion back then.

at 35' and 1:06  Face-to-Face interactions and sex: reminded me of the quip of the 1970s: Why does South America have such a population explosion? Answer: Because they do not have TV.

at 50'  excommunication a.k.a. shunning as a social weapon. Now in the digital media age, the absence of "Like"s  can be --to coin a term- excommutated (no connection circuit)

at 1:06 "social media cannot be controlled"  :keeporder:"l disagree".  We have a thread, "Snowden Revelations Ll --your brain" where some gov't and corporate controlling features alter our behavior even beyond social media posts.

at 1:09 Reality has vanished.

at 1:11 A digital family is just as -even more so- satisfying than reality.

at 1:18 Twitter and FB are "black spaces".

at 1:28 "we" are emotionally dying.  QUESTION: ls it because we are becoming more jaded than before?

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Social media is just a way of implementing a constant surveillance state on Americans without them freaking out and overthrowing the govt.

It came around in force shortly after 9/11, which provided the pretext and was sold to people as a voluntary way of having fun and connecting with people. It was optional and used primarily at home. This didn't track people well enough, so then smartphones can e out of nowhere and it was foisted upon the population to be connected to this cancerous surveillance system 24/7. It's quite literally like the telescreens in 1984 but even more insidious, yet no one wants to admit that this is the world we now live in.

Now you have to be on social media or you are persona non grata in society.

I use Instagram to for business purposes, but I quite literally just deactivated my Twitter and Facebook will be gone soon as well.

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