PLUGGED IN : The True Toxicity of Social Media Revealed  (Mental Health Documentary)

PLUGGED IN : The True Toxicity of Social Media Revealed (Mental Health Documentary)

– Thanks for staying with us. There’s a new study that’s warning of the possible deadly consequences for teens using social media. – Obviously, we know
social media plays a role, but here we are in this day and time where you’re almost not
surprised that this is occurring. – You know I’m so glad
that you brought this up. And I do see a connection
between teen depression and social media in my practice. – I mean, teen suicide has gone up a lot in the last 10 to 20 years. It’s been basically a
50% increase in females under the age of 17, and
a 30% increase in boys under the age of 17. – Society has been gradually darkened by this scheme in which everyone is under surveillance all the time and everyone is under this mild version of behavior modification all the time. It’s made people jittery and cranky. It’s made teens especially depressed, which can be quite severe. – And it is a point in time where people need to hard break from
some of these tools, and the things that you rely on. The short term
dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are
destroying how society works. – That thought process was all about, how do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible? – Yeah, if I’m feeling down
and I’ll look on those things and they’ll just make it worse or I might be feeling fine and then I’ll look at social media and then like plateau
and get really anxious about how I look or what I’m
doing, what I’m not doing. – Facebook, Twitter, all these networks, are surfing the wave. They know it’s a dangerous wave. They know people are drowning. They read all the statistics
of increased suicide rate, depression, anxiety. They know absolutely everything. They have designed
maliciously, malevolently, and possibly criminally, I don’t know. They have designed their algorithms and their networks exactly to cater to human pathology in
its most extreme forms. – The idea of validation,
it’s constantly wanting to be validated, I want to post this, I want to block him, I
want to say this, this. Because you constantly
want their validation, their likes, like a dopamine hit. You’re constantly, constantly
just wanting the validation. I think that, so you put things out there that you know you don’t
necessarily believe in, or isn’t in line with your moral compass. But you’ll put things
because it might get liked. – I just hate that if you cry for help, it’s attention-seeking. If you message your
friends, they’re too busy. If you look on their profiles, they’re having an amazing time, and none of it is true. – The rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased
by 70% in the past 25 years. The number of children and young people turning up in accidents
and emergency departments with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2009. And in the past three
years, hospital admissions for teenagers with eating disorders have also almost doubled. (somber music) We all already know that
too much social media use might not be a good thing,
but, that like many bad habits, if moderated, ultimately
its use might be harmless. I originally set out to make a documentary that explored the
possible positive benefits of diminished or controlled
social media use. What I actually uncovered was
something far, far darker. Hello, my name’s Richard Grannon. I run We have a YouTube channel
with over 105,000 subscribers, and what I do is I take
a fresh and unique look at psychology and mental health issues and recovery and healing from things like anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia, and a whole range of psychology topics. We have all been sold on the
idea of using social media on the basis of increased
connectivity and inclusivity. But what if the design of
social media has shifted to something else altogether? What if it is deliberately being used against inclusivity and connectivity? With the idea of face-to-face
human interaction, vulnerability and intimacy
actually being an enemy to social media usage,
in terms of it harvesting the maximum time and attention. (tense music) In this documentary, we will be exploring the hidden toxicity of social media use. We are not going to be telling you not to use social media or to
throw your smartphones away. But we do want people to understand the way that algorithms
and artificial intelligence that you engage with when
you open your smartphone and use social media affect
and condition your brain and the dopamine reward system and your central nervous system, and even your very
perceptions of reality itself. – The twofold cores of the problem is, one, is you, excessive accessibility. Unboundaried accessibility
that trains the brain to find reward in
dipping into social media as a coping mechanism. So you get people dipping
and dipping and dipping. They’re constantly
pulling their phones out. I do it myself. And then the other side
of it is, you know, social media is ultimately,
it’s there to make money. It’s a business, and so the people who design the algorithms
have to design the algorithms around a purpose, and the
purpose is to maintain attention. So social media is designed
to be as attention-grabbing, as quickly stimulating,
as quickly rewarding as it could possibly be. Wanting to find out more
about the negative effects of social media on young
peoples’ mental health, I sat down with psychology
professor Sam Vaknin. About halfway through
shooting this documentary, we had the opportunity to
sit down with Sam Vaknin and I thought we were going
to have a general conversation about some of the ill effects
on a person’s mental health that excessive and unboundaried use of social media might have. What we uncovered, and
what Sam explained to me, was far, far darker, that
actually, social media intrinsically may be designed to provoke feelings of confrontation,
feelings of resentment, feelings even of hatred,
anger, and aggression, just to keep peoples’ time and attention focused more on social media. Sean Parker said it openly, explicitly. We are trying to harvest
as much of people’s time and attention as we can, and why? For gain, it’s capitalism,
they’re doing it for profit. The more human beings who are looking at Facebook and Instagram for longer, or SnapChat or whatever
it is, then the more value that platform has economically. – It was designed to condition them and to some extent, addict. It’s more conditioning, but
designed to condition them. Once they got conditioned, they reacted like any
conditioned or addict. They developed depression and anxiety. However, when you develop
depression and anxiety in reality, reality has
the capacity to cure you, to heal, via what we
call the reality test. Reality keeps sending
you messages that intrude on your depression and anxiety. So for example, a beautiful
girl smiles at you. You’re promoted at work. Something happens,
gradually, and this is how we overcome grief, grief, for example. Time heals everything. What do you do if you are
firewalled from reality? And you live in a toxic environment that gets increasingly more toxic, where you’re exposed
only to toxic messages, and where you’re engaged
in a toxic activity of social ranking which is made public in order to shame you and motivate you to further go into the toxicity. It’s a self-perpetuating loop. You have no countervailing influences. – Yeah. – And so, it becomes what we would define as psychotic disorder,
psychotic world, it’s a bubble. So, and it’s the first time
it’s happening in human history. I have no way to predict what would seven billion people do. Because they’re spread everywhere, and they’re men and woman and
they are of all age groups, and they are all socioeconomic strata, and all educational levels. I mean it’s not, they’re not limited. They are more or less like seeds. And in this sense, they’re epidemic. – My name is Jonathan Bertrand. I am from Orlando, Florida,
USA, or United States, and I am the pioneer of
social media awareness. This came about because
I was bullied online, and I had two options, pull
the trigger or seek help and develop a new outlet,
and that was social media. And over the course of eight years, I ended up developing what I
call the social media persona through a theory that I developed called the triple conscious theory. And through that persona,
I understood the impacts not only on my personal
life, but also business life, and then eventually I found out that it affected more than just me. It affected everyone. So I developed what I call
social media awareness in 2015, and it expanded to just my
local school of Florida A&M and it went beyond that to a global reach, and now I’m on a mission
to start promoting social media awareness beyond
just here in the states, but internationally. And when I was national
council and I spoke, if you ever listen to the
interview that I had online, you can actually hear them laughing at me. And what they don’t show is
the other side of the room of 300 executives, and these
executives laughed at me, ’cause when I said, you
think you know social media but you don’t, one guy
actually stood up and said, “Why are you here? “This is about marketing and branding, “not mental and behavioral health.” And I said, huh? (laughs) The look on my face was confused, because I’m like, what
are you talking about? This is what social media is. It is marketing and branding, but it’s all about mental health. – I sat down with some students
from Liverpool University to hear how they felt
about social media usage. So one of the people that we
interviewed is a professor. He was saying that what
actually is happening is you’re being rewarded
for being controversial. And punished for not being controversial. So if you say something that’s
neutral, you just get ignored because the punishment/reward system is either you’re noticed
or you’re ignored. Now if you’re rewarded
for being controversial and punished, punished, for
not being controversial, you’re training people
to be controversial. You’re training people
to be like a wind-up. – Well I mentioned
before that social media is a conditioning tool,
not an addictive tool but a conditioning tool, and that it uses a relative positioning. But what are the emotions that are attached to relative positioning, well the first one is envy, of course. Social media are constructed around envy, pathological envy. They are purveyors of pathological envy and amplifiers of pathological envy. And they quantify, via
various ranking algorithms, they quantify envy, with
likes, with retweets. So they quantify envy and
then they leverage envy to motivate you; in other
words, they use envy to cause you to adopt
some course of action. So they weaponize envy. – Do you remember what it was over? – It was just stupid, like
something really petty, to be honest. Someone messaged me, and I just
had a huge argument with him because he didn’t like
the fact, who I was born, like didn’t like the fact
that I was born a boy. So he kinda just like, went off on one, and it was my fault,
and if it was my fault, like, you make me fall for the fact that you were a biological woman, and I’m like, I didn’t make you fall for nothing. I was like listen to me, we’re
living in the 21st century, and it just went off. – [Richard] Messaging or
publicly, like was it? – It was messaging, but then
he did lead into comments, ’cause I blocked him from messaging me. Didn’t block him from Facebook. Then he went on me Facebook
and commented on two things. Like everyone needs to
know that this is a tranny. So I deleted the comments
and blocked him altogether. But the argument was just ridiculous. – And do you think that
he was talking to you in a way that he wouldn’t
have done if was face to face? – Yeah, of course, because it wouldn’t be the same reaction from me, to be honest. – But what is far more common
is not actual violence, it’s emotional violence,
it’s psychological violence. At least I can have an impact on you. If I can torture you, if I
can make you harm yourself, or even kill yourself,
then I have meaning, I have power, I have agency in the world. That in the face of all this
beauty and wonderfulness and the best of everything
and just the sheer numbers of people, I’m meaningless,
I’m insignificant, and I loathe that, I hate that. And it makes me feel
disenfranchised, anxious, and very very aggressive. – It’s no wonder that these platforms ending up being platforms for hate speech, for fake news, for
bullying, cyberbullying, no wonder at all. They were built for this. They were absolutely built for this. Consider, for example, Twitter. Twitter limited the number of characters, until recently, to 140, now
they increased it to 160. But nevermind, 140. What we know is that
aggressive speech acts are much shorter, I’m serious, completely. – So there are, so in
terms of finding events, social activism does useful things. Connecting with your mates,
there’s useful stuff there. And I like what you’re saying. I don’t agree with it, but I like it, because it’s optimistic, and I think it’s an idealism
that I’d like to aspire to, which is, it’s just a tool, it’s neutral. So if the intent is good,
then it should be okay. But I think, and that’s how
we started the documentary. Just grab a seat, Steph, was
by, all I was gonna say is, well this started as why are we looking at rates of suicide amongst
teens that are so high. Like right now, they’re at this peak. Why is there so much mental health issues amongst young people? And then as I started to
unbox that, I was like, well the thing that’s
changed in the last 10 years that’s caused this big,
not caused it necessarily, but the common denominator
seems to be social media usage. And so, I think there can
be things were you look at and you go, theoretically
this should be fine, this should be okay if
my intention is good, then things will work out. And I’m not saying I’m right. I’m pretty sure I’m not definitely right. But the idea being that, even
if the intention is good, because the algorithms
are set the way they are, and human psychology being the way it is, it still can have a negative influence. – [Student] No I see, I agree. – [Richard] You agree with that, yeah? – With your general point, yeah. I mean, you may say
social media is neutral. We are human beings, I
mean, we make mistakes. Sometimes we use things
too much, it hurts us. I mean people smoke every day even though they know they get cancer. Yet they still do. I mean, there’s reasons for it. So maybe we quite simply don’t understand either the reasons, or ourselves. – By every measure, social
media is a risky behavior. Like sex, like drugs, like alcohol. We know this, because we
judge a risky behavior as something where, when you participate, you expose yourself to potential harm. It’s very easy to
understand what the harm is with drinking and drugs, because
it’s been around forever. But we know for sure
that, by participating on social media, you expose yourself to potential harassment,
potential depression, potential stress, potential
traumatic imagery. So you are exposing yourself
to potential harm, no doubt. Now if we start calling
it a risky behavior, then we can start treating it as such. – If there were a drug, a legal drug, that would have created the same effects, it would be banned by now, banned. If someone came up with a
pill for, I don’t know what, a muscle-enhancing pill,
energy-giving pill. And teens would take it and
then suicide would shoot up 31%. The pill would be banned, don’t you agree? – [Richard] Absolutely. – That’s what social media is doing. – So then I can’t say to people, you can have a little bit of
this highly toxic substance? – Of course you can, and it’s very telling that social media is not doing this. For example, why not limit
the usage to two hours a day? Why not have a clock, an in-built clock, that I can use my Facebook only two hours? After two hours, Facebook will block me. – I mean, I don’t know too
much about mental illness, but it seemed liked I was depressed. My friends said I was, so yeah, I was depressed, let’s just say that. And that exactly what I
did, just spiraled down deep in my faults, in my own mind, basically. And when your mind constantly,
not your mind, yourself, it has to be yourself, I guess. When you tell yourself
constantly you’re shit, well– – [Student] You start believing it. – You start believing it. You start believing that and
you don’t believe in yourself. I mean, that’s the opposite,
that’s not loving yourself. Because if you love yourself you would also believe in yourself, and that would make you able to do things. ‘Cause if you don’t believe in yourself, you don’t have the confidence. (tense music) – Do you think that if you
were born into using internet that you’re more susceptible
and more vulnerable to the ill effects of it? – I think there are three,
assuming the internet has an all-pervasive influence
as I have just claimed, I think that there should be three groups. One is people who are
exposed to the internet in their late 20s, 30s,
40s, et cetera, et cetera, and that would include dinosaurs like me. Then people who were
exposed to the internet during adolescence, and digital natives, who were exposed to the internet
during the formative years. Children who were born with a tablet and exposed to the internet. I think the first group
still uses, first group I mean the oldies, still use social media as a form of communication, essentially. Reconnecting with old flames
and old pals and so forth. Creating social network in
the full sense of the word. Communicating as they would
have done on a telephone or earlier, via mail, post office. So they would see social
media as a natural extension of the telegraph and the telephone and the post office and so on. And thereby, therefore, I
think they would miss out on all the pernicious
effects of social media because they would limit
their communication to the swapping of information, the expression of very basic emotions and the coordination of
meetings, essentially, and that’s where it will end. – So it’s, you know, yeah,
with me it definitely did have an effect, but I was
able to catch it early. So I caught it in 2012, but it was because I literally snapped. I had no perception of reality. Like I just lost my purpose, and I actually used to
talk about this publicly. I did not care, my
emotions, it was just dead. Like everything was dead, and
I would say, why am I here? And it was one of those
things where, you know, yes, that barrier is
getting bigger and bigger as our generation goes on. And like your generation, you’re like why can’t we just go,
well here the say the bar, the pub, I don’t know how
you say it in England. But like why can’t we just go to the bar and have a conversation,
like what’s the problem? I don’t want to DM you, I don’t
want to direct message you. I don’t want to text you, I
don’t want to like your emoji. I don’t want to FaceTime
you when you’re right down the street from me, what’s the issue? And these are the kind of things that I’m still to this
day trying to figure out. – Probably there’s lot of
things, lots of different things. I think it has got a grip
on me, like definitely. I’ll be with my fiance and
I’ll unknowingly just have my, I’ll bring out my phone
and then he’ll be like, oh why do you need your phone? And I’ll be like, oh I just
need to check something. And it’s like, do you need to check? No I don’t, actually,
I don’t need to check. So I’ll put the phone down. – [Richard] What are you checking for? – Just like, messages, or WhatsApp groups, or these group chats you have on Facebook. Everything’s pinging all the time, so it’s like you feel,
and it is really bad. You know it’s a bad thing, but you’re just so aware that it’s like, it has got a grip on you. – I do that a lot of time. I feel like people become addicted. A lot of people can’t be
in the present moment. It’s like there, but
they’re not really there and they’re always, it’s
like you go to a dinner or you go to get food or whatever and they’re just stare at their phone, and I think you only notice
it once you step outside of it and you’re not on your phone
and you see someone else. And you try to have a conversation and you try to be genuine with them and you can’t, you can’t be
genuine with them at all. – We have intelligence,
we have imagination. But the further we go into symbolism, the further we are away from reality. And the further away from reality you are, the more insane you are by definition. Nobody in the mental health
community would argue with that. You can’t abandon reality and not expect mental health issues. And the primary mental health
issues that this will cause will be depression and anxiety. People will not feel good, and I think that’s what’s
happening with these kids. They’re investing in a symbolic world that has abandoned reality. That has really very little bearing on the reality that they live in, and they’re sinking themselves deliberately, wholeheartedly
and with energy into delusion, not just a
singular delusion, though. A shared delusion. Therefore, social media
usage could be effectively said to be mass psychosis. – Social media is the
world for digital natives. – Right. – There is no other world outside it. There is no reality outside it. They live inside social media. This is their, and this reminds me of the question you asked
me about simulation. These are simulated people. They live inside a simulation. They’re in The Matrix already. They don’t, they experience
themselves as real people who are living real lives, but they don’t. They are living in a matrix. Social media is their reality. Bits and bytes instead of
atoms, come instead of atoms. Their families are peers. And these peers are not real. They never see them or
rarely see them face to face. They interact with digital
renditions of other people, of objects, of places, of events. These are all digital, and in this sense, they are denizens of The Matrix. – If I look at the likes on my Instagram, most likes I get are on selfies. And if I post something
about seeing a band I like, or like a scenic view,
I get half the likes. And it encourages you to post
more self-obsessed things, like focus on your personal appearance.
– That’s narcissism. – Rather than what you’re interested in and parts of your personality. So in a way, it can
diminish your personality, because you’re just more
focused on what you look like. – I think narcissism is so
common nowadays, you know. – Yeah, I believe so.
– We’re being rewarded for it.
– It’s madness. – I think for me, having
suffered with an eating disorder before, like I said, there’s
a big community online of kind of people in recovery
and people supporting people trying to recover or supporting
people to lose weight and like having that, showcasing their body image
and that kind of thing. And it can become very toxic environment, and without knowing you can get sucked in and be part of this. – Selfies today constitute 60% of all activity on social network. We don’t have statistics
from the beginning, but I remember the beginning, and I remember when
social networks started. It was never about selfies,
I don’t remember selfies. Selfie became very prominent in 2015, 14. And today it is six out of every 10 posts. In other words, six out of every 10 times, we interact with ourselves. We watch ourselves, we shoot ourselves. – The number of likes in the world, and revert it, look at this, too. I’m looking at me, look at me, too. – I’m looking at me, you look at me, me. We have a situation of making
love to ourselves literally, making love to ourselves psychologically, falling in love with ourselves. ‘Cause if you take photos
of yourself all the time, you must be in love. Developing emotional
investment in ourselves. This is know as cathexis. Cathexis is emotional investment. Object-relation theory
in psychology told us that we start by being
emotionally invested in ourselves and then we learn to
externalize this investment and invest in others, and this
is called object relations. We invest in objects. But social media reverses this
process, creates regression. Indeed, social media
encourages very very primitive, infantile, baby-like defense
mechanisms, such as splitting. You are either my friend or my enemy. You don’t like me, you are my enemy. You like me, you are my friend. It’s the like/dislike, it’s very binary. – [Richard] It’s binary, yeah. – Binary state.
– Very simple. (soft music) – Well, when I obviously did the show, I just kind of, I didn’t think
about what was gonna happen. I didn’t have any expectations. I was just like, I’m doing this. I love singing, I’m gonna do it. So I did it and had
the reaction that I had and was very lucky to have that. But nobody can really kind of prepare you for what comes with it, and at 12 I had a Facebook page that was private, and I had all my settings private and I only hand friends on there. And I didn’t have Twitter,
I didn’t have Instagram. And then it was like, okay,
you have to have these things. You have to have an official page, you have to delete your private Facebook, you have to have a Twitter account and it’s all gonna be official, and it’s not gonna be your friends. It’s not gonna be people you know. It’s gonna be people
who watch a huge TV show and you kind of open the
doors for everybody’s opinion. Everybody who watches the
show or watches anything always has an opinion on everything. But I guess I just wasn’t prepared for people that didn’t know me to have so many opinions of me and so much to say about me. So I guess that opened my
eyes to how things work when you’re kind of in
the public eye as such. And yeah, I had to get
used to that quite quickly. The opinions would come flooding in, and they weren’t all gonna be great. – When somebody’s involved
in an online interaction and it’s become fractious,
and maybe it’s an argument or they’ve actually
decided to target somebody for bullying, and they
actually type the words, you should kill yourself, there is multiple levels
to why they would do that. One level, yes, it
would be that they don’t really see the human. They’re not being the human,
they’re not seeing the human. Their humanity has dropped out because of this humanity break. It’s all just glowing pixels. It’s all just, I think part of the problem with the internet is
it’s global, it’s huge. It’s the biggest expression
of the most numbers of people that you or I could get hold of. Like we could go and stand in the middle of Piccadilly Circus with a loudspeaker, we might get a couple hundred people. The internet is the world, is anybody who has access to Wi-Fi. So you feel invisible. Everybody feels like the
status anxiety issue. Again, everybody feels invisible, and that generates hostility very quickly. Amongst all of us, even
if you’re a healthy, emotionally mature person,
your inconsequentiality with generate feelings
of hostility in you. The person being bullied
isn’t really a human anymore. They’re dehumanized,
but that’s what bullying does before social media. Social media just
facilities the dehumanizing. They’re an avatar of weakness. It is a narcissistic and
psychopathic response to eradicate weakness. Psychopaths loathe weakness,
but the weakness they loathe is their own fragility,
vulnerability and instability. – It was intense, especially
when I was on the show. Every week I was on the television, so every week people
had new things to say. So I guess to begin with,
it was really difficult, and I’d always speak
to my parents about it. I mean, my parents used to
always read some of the things and it was shocking that these people could say such awful things about someone they just don’t know, and I’d
never done anything to them. I was just a little kid singing on TV. And then, after the
show, it kept happening. And so I was able to say to team of people I was working with, look, I don’t want to be on social media, I
don’t want to be doing this. It’s not good for me, really. Especially at the age that
I was, it really upset me. It was something that
I was struggling with. So I just, I spoke to everyone
that I was working with and my family, and they got people in that did the social media for me, and so I didn’t have to read
it, which was really good. Because now I’m at the stage where I just don’t care anymore. You know, I’m on social
media, I accept it. If I see it, I really don’t
care, it doesn’t bother me. But it took a while to accept that that’s how it’s gonna work and that’s how society is. People are always gonna have opinions, and they’re not always gonna be positive. – I used to get bullied on Facebook. And things have been sent around about me on it which were unpleasant. I think it was on SnapChat as
well and Instagram as well. I’ve had them all. – And was this a group of people who were bullying you in
the real world, as well, were these kids at school? – Yeah, it was when I was getting
bullied in school as well. – So they’re bullying you at school and then they continue it in cyberspace. – Yeah. – You think, obviously that made it worse for you, I imagine. – Yeah it made me feel dead low and that I was ready too fast. – Yeah I’ve had groups made about me, private chats made about
me that have come to light. Notifications where I’ve made a status and the girls that had an issue with me would comment just for
the sake of an argument. – Right, and do you know what
motivated them to do that? – Not a clue, no, I just
thought it was boredom. – Boredom, maybe, yeah. And they’re definitely doing it more online than face to face? – Yeah I remember occasions
where I didn’t even have issues with some
girls, and I’d go online and someone had just made
an issue out of something. – You know when I shared my story, the amount of support and
love that I got from people, where they were sharing their stories, it’s all about communication for me. I just think it’s so important to always be open and honest. And always speak to people if you’re ever having any problems, ’cause there’s always gonna
be someone there for you, whether it’s your parents,
whether it’s your siblings, your colleagues, your friends, whoever. There’s always gonna be someone that will be willing to listen. And that, for me, has
been the reason why I feel that I’m strong today and
I’m proud of who I am today, because I’ve always had people to go to. And even if I didn’t have my family, which I’m so lucky to have,
I would have kept going and speaking to somebody
until somebody would listen and be there for me, and there’s always gonna be that person. – I think the education system, and I worked in it for five or six years, has totally failed to really
grasp what bullying is. Usually what they do is they
say, it’s bad, don’t do it. Yeah, that’s no answer,
that’s not an answer to it. We all know it’s bad. The people doing the bullying
aren’t doing it thinking, oh this is a good social
duty I’m performing here. They know it’s bad. People receiving it know it’s bad. Everybody knows it’s bad. Don’t do it, doesn’t help anything. You’ve got to get into the
mechanics of it and say, well, who does it, why is
the person being bullied? How did they get targeted? How did they end up being
the person that gets bullied? The people who are doing the bullying, is there a structure,
is there a framework? Is there an alpha bully? And there are their beater, right the way through to
omega bullies that follow. Maybe they don’t always follow. Maybe some people who occasionally bully are also helping the person
receiving the bullying. This definitely happens, I was
raised in a boarding school. I could see that happening. I was also involved in it. I bullied kids, I was bullied as a kid. And it really is, you
know, the old cliche. It’s that Lord of the Flies scenario, where you see people being reduced down to their animalistic states, trying to ameliorate
the dreadful sensation of status anxiety, trying to
create a sense of security. (somber music) We’re now beings that crave
community and purpose, and we have no community. We’ve destroyed our own communities. We have no purpose. We’ve destroyed all sense of purpose. We are rudderless, we are objectiveless. We have no destination to sail to, and as a consequence of that, We just turn on each other
and turn on ourselves. And it’s very very painful. It’s a very strange and dislocated time in which people find
themselves completely isolated even as they’re surrounded by others, because we cannot offer the quality of time and attention and
conscious awareness to each other, because we’re giving it
to the great big shiny god that we carry around
inside of our pockets, that we all bow to each and every day. (somber music) Unbeknownst to our participants in the interview that we’re
gonna be doing with them tonight I’m actually going to be
setting them a challenge where I’m gonna challenge them
to stay off the smartphone and stay off social media
completely for a month. And I’m gonna them a
dumb phone and tell them they can only use the
dumb phone for a month. I don’t know whether they’re
gonna sign up for it. I don’t know whether
they’re gonna agree to it. Hopefully a couple of them do. I’m also gonna do it. I’m just gonna use a
dumb phone for a month. Zero social media, and
just see what happens. And then we’ll come back after a month and see how people found it. – They grew up in a world
where attention span is very truncated, where the emphasis is on communicating
unbridled sharp emotions. Clear, very primitive, very infantile. Where all the defense
mechanisms are activated, and every interruption aware, and where aggression and
similar negative emotions are freely expressed and used
as means of social control, or peer control, to be more precise. So this is the world social
media is well-suited to. – One thing I’m gonna invite you to do, I’ll not be taking your phones off you, but I’m gonna try and do a month. No, I’m not gonna try,
I’m going to do a month of no social media and no smartphone. I’ve got a dumb phone. Would any of you be interested in trying to just use a dumb phone for a month? – [Student] Yeah, I
actually really miss mine. – [Richard] I didn’t sign
up for this, what the hell? – Well I’m kind of like,
this is really tricky, because I’m kind of like getting
a connection with someone and we’re kinda like meeting and need to do arrangements and stuff so, I’m gonna say no.
– Can you still use messages? – [Student] I think the person will think this is pretty cool. – [Richard] I think they will, too. – I would, but, actually I
was talking to my grandma. I was telling her that I
was going to come here, what it is about, and she was like, yes, computers are bad, and
I was like, not exactly. – [Richard] That’s not
what we’re talking about, but close to that. – So I explained to her that
you have to know how to use it, not abuse it, because I would say yes, but then I realized, oh, there are people I can ask things about, I don’t know. My work, or I have a group project, I have to have a way of
talking to those people. – The thing is, the research
that’s gonna be published in this month of December 2018, he said, tagging for the video, from the University of Pennsylvania is a positive definitive correlation between less social media
usage and better mental health. So if you and I both do it for a month. – [Student] I’ll do it,
I’ll get rid of Messenger. – [Richard] Really, you’re
gonna get rid of Messenger? You’re gonna do that? – [Student] Yeah. – What the theory is, the hypothesis is, we’ll come back in a month and go, we actually feel better. The implications of it are
quite frightening, really, because what are we gonna find? Are we gonna find that these young people can’t do without their smartphones? Are we gonna find they can’t
do without social media? And I’m actually sat here,
and tonight’s the first time I’ve thought, I really,
I don’t think they will. Because up until this I was thinking, ah, it’s only social media. They’ll come off it,
after four or five days they’ll feel alright and the end result will be everybody felt better. I’m looking at them and I’m going, I don’t know about four
weeks without smartphones. I think we’re gonna have a few people saying, couldn’t do it. – By to find out, if you start treating it like that risky behavior, then again, you start building awareness. You start making sure that
we’re speaking the same language and I mean to put pressure
on parents and educators. Do you actually really understand why your kid wants that SnapChat streak? Do you even know what that is? Does it make sense to
you when they come to you and say, this person DMed me, and they’re upset about it? Does that even make sense to you, or are you just thinking, get
your head out of your phone? Because that’s really unhelpful. Now if kids start seeing it that way, then they can start putting
the pressure on schools. ‘Cause there’s no system
supports for this, really. Even though it might be having
it worse, more dramatic, and longer term effects
than something like alcohol. – I think it’s a good point, and it potentially is problematic if parents are taking a lot
of pictures of their kids, putting them up online, and
then saying to their kids, look. You’re training children
from a very early age that this is where validation comes from. This is where admiration comes from. You made me, your father,
happy by getting a lot of likes from here, so we’re learning
validation by proxy. Validation by proxy is one of the core structural elements in
the personality disorder that’s called narcissism. So if you’re training a child to seek feelings of validation not
directly from you as a parent, but through this by proxy of an audience, which is always faceless,
because in psychological terms we can’t really know
a thousand people are. We don’t have the
capacity to hold that in, so they’re just people, they’re just fans, they’re just followers, they’re
blank faceless followers. They’re not humans. So it’s dehumanizing
everybody in the system. It dehumanizes me as a parent, because I’m now not offering
what I should be offering. It’s dehumanizing you as a child, because you’re not being loved
for you and your essence, you’re being loved for
the reactions you can get. And it dehumanizes the
fans, the followers. They’re nothing, they’re
just clap machines to give you likes and make you feel good. – We’re all about, we gotta
figure out the triggers. What triggers people? And the worst part about social media, everybody’s different, so it can’t just be a general thing, so we’re developing what those triggers are, so we can develop a pool of
triggers and they can decide. Because it’s all about what they want. So not about what we want. We can just provide the platform
on the educational side. – If you, once in your life,
experience true intimacy, social media suddenly
feel plastic, feels– – Weird.
– Weird. Feels creepy, I would say.
– Feels creepy, yeah. – Absolutely creepy, if you
really, for one single life, experience true intimacy. And it’s, true intimacy
is utterly addictive. You will spend the rest of
your life looking for it again. You will look for it
again and again and again. I mean, poets have been writing poems for their entirety of their life because they’ve experienced
love when they were 21. Real cases. – Once you can see that
there are alternatives, you realize how strange it is, and how unsustainable it is. This is the thing we must get rid of. We don’t have to get
rid of the smartphone. We don’t have to get rid of
the idea of social media. But we just have to get rid
of the manipulation machine that’s in the background. – If I’m being honest, what I want to see more than social media change
is people offline change. Right now we are in a state
where we’re still learning how to use social media,
we’re still learning social norms with social media. And so I’ve even experienced myself when someone is abstaining
from social media, you hear, what, you’re
not on Facebook, what? How am I supposed to contact you? And that kind of sounds a bit similar to when someone doesn’t drink. Like, what, you don’t drink? And that seems a bit wild. You say that and you think, what? So it’s almost like our view of people, if they’re abstaining from
this or they’re pulling back or they’ve decided to
use it in a certain way, that’s their choice. Maybe something has
happened to them online. The other thing I want to see offline is people building
self-confidence with use. Self-assurance, self-awareness, resilience, and time management. – Though they might not
feel it immediately, if they were drawn to or
watching the documentary back, if they’re drawn to seeing
how they feel internally, they’ve just spent two
hours in a conversation. I wonder how often they get to do that. Two hours of just chatting, being heard, listening to other people,
responding to what’s being said in real time, not through text,
not through glowing pixels, not through a fucking device. Through this device, through this device, through this device,
real world communication. I would like to think
that they came out of here in a better state than they came in. I think that they enjoyed that and that they got something from it that they couldn’t from anything else. (gentle music) – That’s not the real question. The real question, why
wasn’t it done 10 years ago? Why wasn’t it built that way? If the whole platform
was built for addiction, as the chief engineer himself admits, if you knew that you
were creating addiction, why didn’t you limit the number of pills? Why didn’t you limit the
usage from the very beginning? Why did you have to wait
until, by rough estimate, 20,000 teens died every
year, every single year. Why did you have to
wait for this to happen before you introduce a watch? It’s exactly the same
strategies of tobacco. Tobacco companies knew it’s addictive. They introduced ingredients
that made it addictive. Their advertising made it addictive. It was all about addiction. It’s exactly the tobacco situation. And tobacco is addiction,
not conditioning. Social media is conditioning. I can’t emphasize how
critical this distinction is. Addiction can be overcome. There are well-known
techniques to counter addiction and reverse it and so on, so forth. Conditioning is much more difficult. (gentle music) – Maybe the lesson then would be, this thing that you’re craving when you’re on your phone for hours, scrolling and scrolling and you’re jumping at every notification that comes through, and you have separation
anxiety from your smartphone, what you’re craving is to be heard. What you’re craving is to be seen. What you’re craving is to interact. And you’re not, it’s fake. It’s fake, it’s a simulated hearing. It’s a simulated seeing,
a simulated interaction. And it always leaves
you thirsting for more, where the real world
experience of interacting, chatting with your mates or new friends or people you’re enjoying
a conversation with, that satisfies that urge,
it slakes that thirst in a way that the
artificial world just can’t. Promises to, and never delivers. – It was good, but it
was also frustrating. And I said in the interview before, before we all did this, that
I would feel quite on edge, and I did, but for different reasons. Mainly because I just missed the tools that an iPhone or a smartphone brings. For example, Maps as well. I was completely lost in my everyday life, and I don’t necessarily
think that’s a bad thing. One of the things with this study is that it’s a study on
the effects of social media on mental health and not smartphones. But whether the two things are the same, that’s up for debate. – I do think that the challenge of not being on any social
media can be quite isolating, but I think on top of that,
aspects of smartphones like accessing your email straightaway, WhatsApp straightaway,
that’s particularly isolating when I think the world has changed so much to how it used to be, and I’ve just grown up in this world where you need your phone 24/7 to have it, you know, there. – It actually made me feel less of a robot who just scrolls scrolls scrolls without knowing how much time has passed. – I’ve still been struggling to sleep. Been writing down my thoughts each day, so I’ve just kind of
briefly reading over those. Another thing I noticed is that day to day I’m happier, just
because I’m not comparing what I’m doing with what
other people are doing. And I’m not trying to make what I’m doing look better than it is. So yeah, just, I think I’m a bit more, maybe a bit more
confident because of that? – I did five days without social media, and five days without social media for me is a big issue, do you know what I mean? To stop all social media platforms and to not be in the center of it all, all the commotion, all what’s going on. You know, not to be in the
center of what’s going on was so strange, do you
know what I mean? (laughs) and it was one of them feelings where I felt a bit like I
wasn’t in the real world. And I know that social
media isn’t the real world and I understand that, but it really did have psychological effects on my brain. Also had effects on me as a
human being altogether, really. – What makes us want to
do this sort of thing is we don’t belong here,
and we’re trying to escape. And it’s something to do
with our sense of self, which is why narcissism is
such a critical issue now. Because we have this
inflamed and intoxicated and toxic sense of self that renders us predatory and exploitative of each other. And it’s something to
do with what we’re doing with our conscious awareness
as it relates to self. And it’s like an energetic system that’s cannibalizing itself,
it’s turning back in on itself. It’s not being used for anything, and I think we’re just
fundamentally uncomfortable in this level of reality,
in this existence. It’s a, we’re not comfortable. There’s a cognitive dissonance. We know there’s something missing, and it’s an agitating
and depressing feeling. And we’re trying to
ameliorate that feeling. We’re trying to reduce it, and so, people have always gambled,
they’ve always drank alcohol, from the earliest times,
the earliest drugs that go back in recorded
history to the ancient Greeks. We were always trying to get high. We were always trying to escape. And if there weren’t any drugs available we would use massacres and we
would use the religious cults that would hurt themselves,
they’d cut themselves, they’d beat themselves for
that endorphin release. Or they’d use sex, or they’d use fasting, or they’d use chanting,
or they’d use dancing. We’re all trying to escape this reality, because it is so unbearable to us. ♪ Watching someone else’s dream ♪ ♪ Watching someone else’s dream ♪



  • L hc

    Great job. We need to be brave to face our lives and not escape it. To embrace the difficulties and know that precisely those difficulties will actually make you a better person in the end. Not better than everyone else. Just a stronger and better person. No matter what difficulties you have to confront. That´s why I love real life stories of people who have managed through extremely tough circumstances and done the best they can with what they have. People that go through suffering are the heroes! People that escape suffering (we all try to) get weaker and weaker both in character, soul and body. They become so vulnerable! Instead, use difficulties to get stronger! Read about our Saints. They have suffered enormously and they are great examples for us to follow. Dare to do the same! God bless you Richard and all of those working with this film. Let us all be brave and take suffering like an exercise in the gym (for our soul) so we can get a strong soul and mind and not be easily manipulated by businesses, etc., trying to make money out of us (or having other kind of power over us)! Now, THAT´S FREEDOM! All young people out there, you are worth that freedom, and the world needs your wisdom!

  • Christine A

    Last fall, I recognized that I was, if not already, becoming depressed. I couldn't figure out why though since there didn't seem to be anything wrong with my life. I started to notice how down I felt after getting off a SM platform. I'm a naturally shy person so I wouldn't make many posts or comments so I was used to not getting many notifications or "likes". Like many, I also noticed that I wasn't receiving the kind of interactions I wanted from people through SM and it made me feel unwanted and alone. On top of this, seeing everyone else I followed post envy-inspiring photos or announcements would automatically make me compare myself to them. I eventually saw the pattern and decided I'd had enough near the end of November. I deactivated my FB and IG accounts, leaving only Pinterest (for recipes and art/home projects) and Youtube (I'm seldom on here anyway). The whole month of December would be my cleanse. No SM until the new year.

    At first, I found myself checking my phone…a lot…and for no real reason. But the longer I stuck with it, the less frequent my habitual ticks to check my phone became. Once January rolled around, I didn't even want to be back on SM so I stayed off until mid-March. I got back on IG because I found myself wanting to connect only with those I had a genuine interest in following (which hadn't been my previous approach to SM). I pruned my list of those I followed down to certain artists and a few friends. I feel much better now about the time I spend on there since I actually care about the happiness and success of those I follow and don't find myself comparing my life to theirs. I'm still not on FB though; I think the drama and negativity that slinks around there is a huge motivator for me to continue keeping my distance from it. Overall, I'm happier and feel more motivated to strive for the things I want out of life. It's quite liberating. 🙂

    TL;DR: I decided to do a a SM cleanse for month; one month became 3.5 months; depression has subsided and I feel more positive and determined to tackle my future.

  • Zipo 26

    But this is already written before. People will be lovers of them selves. It doesnt surprise me

  • smooth Buddha

    The persona (social mask) is the smallest part of the personality according to Carl Jung. Social media basically is a platform to promote and amplify ones persona. Our generation who is addicted and reliant on social media for recognition and attention will inevitably get depressed and feel empty as we are not addressing emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives. Social media is not reality, it's useful as long as one sees it for what it is and doesn't invest ones identity with social media

  • Gianna Crotty

    Don’t stop Richard, we’re starting a movement!

  • Carolyn Kimbrey

    Why isn't this all over main stream TV and news???? Newsnight…pick this up…

  • Мая Тонева

    The economyc system is the cause of agression and anxiety, not the social media. In social media we can access a lot of people, thats why it seems that agression is too much. Actually, its the same ammount is in the so called reality. In reality I am not secure and I can be a victim of physical violence, but in social media I can block and ignore any agressor easily. Capitalism is the cause of evil, not the social media. We feel together in there, we find friends, smart people, people who share our opinions and interests. For some disabled people, social media is the only way to communicate with other people and to find support. Don't only blame, because you became as aggresive as the social media you talk about.

  • Barbara Argueso

    Spot on. I abandoned Facebook in July 2016 when the election rhetoric began heating up and seemed to get pervasive. I had just grown weary of hearing so much political commentary, no matter from which side it came. I had only joined because old schoolmates had inquired about me and I was able to reconnect. I wasn't interested in showing off or seeking validation. That wasn't why I was there. This piece perfectly articulated the perception I've had of social media for years (and ironically prompted me to make an online comment). Thank you for making this documentary.
    — a "dinosaur" in the Rockies.

  • Carry Nunya

    I believe that Facebook destroyed the resistance against Erdogan in TR., it destroyed the Gezi protests. I witnessed it firsthand. FB took and turned that big movement into the sewers of that country.

  • Umer Mahmood

    I've started to leave my phone home whenever I go to school, and when I'm on the train looking at people constantly on their phones…it looks like the Twilight Zone when you switch the perspective.

  • No War But The Class War

    I had no Social media in my youth, was insanely depressed anyway.

  • iamjohnporter67

    This is also been a problem with Social Creators as well. I seen a lot of them snapping an causing drama all over Social Media. Its really gotten bad since 2017.

  • A .Heldin

    Good stuff, but I always find there is too much focus on seeing people only as victims, totally ignoring the fact that everyone who is doing it is ultimately contributing to madnesses like these. The people that are suffering from depression due to SM are the same people that hold all this alive, because they participate in it. They're one of those people who post a lot of selfies and pictures of their perfect lives, trying to generate envy (even if unconscious) etc etc. Same with looks, make up etc. Those VERY SAME PEOPLE then go on and complain about how shallow and fake it all is and how it makes them feel bad! See what's wrong here?

    People should stop playing the victim and stop contributing to the madness, or shut up and realize they're part of the problem. We're in this because so many people just go with the flow. Everyone wants to be greater than the masses, so we are having and endless war of "better", "prettier", "more worth". No one wants to stop hiding their flaws underneath layers of makeup, but everyone wants everyone else to show their flaws so that they themselves can feel better. Sorry, depression is a bitch, but people need to realize they're creating the problem among themselves. They're not just the victims.

  • Deep Lying Playmaker

    Legendary documentary

  • Bev Cliffe

    Brilliant doco. We have lost the art of face to face communication, I know when my family get together and they’re on their devices and I feel like I’m on my pat malone. (Not be confused with Post.) don’t get me wrong, I love technology within reason. 👍✌️🇦🇺

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  • Dawg G

    Lol you need captions to understand what dude in the white with the glasses is saying

  • Angela Stubbe

    Well done documentary. I am lucky since I was spared the upbringing on social media. I spent very little time on FB but I have friends that do. I see how much time is wasted on utter trivia and nonsense. People have a hard time just being and enjoying the moment. Also it seems to be a way to avoid real emotions and substitute them with fake drama and other bullshit. I see the younger people unlearning face to face communication. They are uncomfortable with real eye contact and conflict situations. It almost seems like a technologically induced form of autism. Sad for the younger generations and a big harbinger for trans humanism. No doubt it is social engineering at its worst.

  • synchromorph

    Your perspective on reality in general and the mental health system in particular is biased, delusional and psychotic.

    Hypocrisy and violent defensiveness is endemic.

  • Alain Vosselman

    This is what happens if we let cluster B's (narcissists, psychopaths, sociopaths) roam amongst us, unscreened, unregistered and allowed to do any type of job or have them produce toxic products. The main problem is TOXICITY. It has poisoned our language, behavior etc. If the environment poses severe problems, our mental environment is in far, far, far worse condition. Please just read this, you don't have to like it or push a like button. I'm not writing this down to get likes ! I'm writing this down to warn people. Learn about personality disorders, talk to victims and don't listen too much to mr. Vacnin. He's just another narcissist telling 90% truth and ads 10% toxic, warped view that easily casts a shadow over the 90% truth. We need empaths, or normal people to talk about this. Listening to toxic people will only make it worse. Sam is just another example of how extremely sick people can become a psychologist. Not that he has nothing interresting to say but the risks of getting bad or toxic information is not worth it.

  • Floydimus

    Social Media is not an addictive tool, it is a conditioning tool.

    Powerful statement.

  • Paul Ielacqua

    Evey body I know suffers from depression, somehow we are being trained to be depressed and angry young people should be excited and motivated not filled with anxiety …I myself stopped dating a couple years ago its almost impossible to have a 1 on 1 relationship nothing is sacred any longer

  • Tsnore

    Beyond these serious issues, smartphones have made people terribly impatient, arrogant, lonely, antisocial, zombie-like in public, and just a bit of the mystery of life is gone making life more boring, pedestrian, and banal.

  • Michael Earth Osada

    Yeah, this will never stop being a problem until we the wielders of our word do something positive to change it. Be it. I am good.

  • Tippersnore

    They've created a world of selfish, impatient screen-zombies. Thank you!

  • PeaceWillCome

    Great documentary!

  • Patsy Ballantyne

    Thank you again, Richard

  • Patsy Ballantyne

    Best Documentary that I have watched in a loooong while.

  • Azizah Yaacob

    did there documentary about result ppl a year free from social media compare to who not expose social media in life? did recover it 90% back..
    I left all 2016 and recover slowly since I cant escape from living in people who think this necessary.. now I can spent time to religious thing replaced…

  • Lucian Samsel

    is commenting on you tube social media. it nay be a stupid question but I cant say i dont use social media if im foing this

  • Heidi Fs

    Wow!! This has to be the single most insightful video I have watched on You tube Ever before possibly ever again… I'm sending this to everyone I care about right now. Thank You for taking the time to do this!


    Wow!! Im so glad someone is talking about this!! Ive been seeing this so clearly since i stopped working about 3 months ago….it had been 15 yrs since i took part in social media because i was addicted to work due to undiagnosed cptsd. Now im 38 my daughter is 16 and i cant begin to describe the harm social media is doing to this generation before our eyes. I have to get my baby to know to this…its easier said than done

  • johnny marquina

    This is a great video. It is so sad what social media is doing to us. I was getting insane plus I was struggling with ptsd and social media made it worse. I felt more sick and more different than all the people in the that seemed to have a “happy”. It is insane that I believed that it was reality. I deleted social media 1 month ago and I felt more anxiety because I felt I was quitting te world but I actually was coming back to it. Not I feel less depressed and there is life outside social media. We can still text and this is the limit for me. I hope you all guys see what reality is.

  • Ushiab

    The youth, utilizing social-media has shortened their attention-span, dramatically. It seems as if they cannot do something, with intense focus, for prolonged amounts of seconds, minutes, hours, days, and etc. Even a genuine conversation (like a pointless, but nice and simple conversation). They would do something, give up in a semi-temper tantrum like way, and go back on their smartphones to update their feelings (which is either full of happiness to pretend or depressed to gain attention, through sympathy) on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

    Majority of these people want to delete their social accounts, deep down inside, but cannot because their program has locked them into a grip of indecisiveness, which reveals that it is too late for them, secretively. Their programming has set them to be a social-media user, forever, until they die. Just a few, which can be counted on one hand, will have a certain amount of strength to deactivate their social-media accounts. Good luck to the few, who will.

  • Icy Blue

    Its sad this video deserves more views ,is a major problem

  • Nina Bolibok

    The Batman Effect…..bigger, deeper, more violent, increasing seductiveness, etc…….darker

  • Nate Ortiz

    This was great, it’s odd how it’s obviously bad for us but we are unconsciously addicted. I had to delete the app off my phone. Instead of checking Instagram I now read more books , take more actions towards my goals and enjoy nature, family, and simple things!

  • Rosalind R

    Shared with a few friends. Thank you & God bless you & good works.

  • MoneyMitchAmp Holl

    Thank you. I needed this

  • Alyssa Jones

    Damn this was deep. I'm doing a social media addiction for my project in my Sociology course. I found this video to be both helpful and informative 👍🏼

  • liondick69

    Thank you for this. Good to see a positive discourse on this.

  • peacefull eagle

    1:50 attention is energy

  • Pauline Phillips

    Excellent documentary, thank you. Will be sharing.

  • Mack

    Who is the man speaking at 22:57?

  • Xenon 4300

    This is NOT just an issue teenagers are experiencing, it can be and is just as severe and destructive for the entire millennial generation as well.

  • Ivan Azymov

    Ah, yes…the 'experts' are now aware of what has been blatantly obvious to the inquisitive. A decade +plus too late. Pathetic.

  • Greg Zeng

    Ignorance so much on social media & algorithms. Both are man made. Algorithms can be built & re-built. If you want time, age & other limits, these can be put into algorithms. So simple.
    Instead of being enemies of social media, become active & friendly allies. Social media is just a tool. We can create more useful & less harmful tools.
    Like any tool, it is possible for bad things to happen. We cannot prevent bad things. With suitable changes, we can minimise these bad things. Happiness is not total happiness for everyone. Near-enough happiness is OK.

  • Greg Zeng

    Timings & TOPICS
    3:04 Past 3 years, more than doubled, young people in psychiatric hospitals

    3:15 Teenagers with eating disorder doubled

    4:50 Social media usage against face to face contact

    5:30 Affects dopamine reward systems

    5:38 Affects reality itself

    5:49 Unbounded accessibility

    6:08 Social media is self hungry

    6:30 Quick rewarding

    7:08 Creates confrontation, resentment, hatred, anger, aggression,

    8:08 Reality cures depression, anxiety

    8:38 Firewalled from reality: positive feedback into toxicity

    9:22 Affects all ages, sexes, etc

    11:04 Social media is about mental health

    11:20 Rewarded for being controversial; punished if not controversial

    11:28 If neutral, ignored

    11:48 Social media is a conditioning tool

    12:00 Envy amplifiers, weaponizer

    13:30 Writing differently, compared with face to face

    13:38 Emotional, psychological violence

    14:08 Creates anxiety, aggression, anxiety hate speech fake-news cyber-bullying

    14:41 Twitter, aggression has shorter messages

    15:28 Teen suicide rates are high; mental health

    16:57 Exposes self to harassment, depression, imagery

    17:19 If drug had these effects, it would be banned by now

    17:50 No inbuilt clock

    19:40 Three generations of internet babies

    20:16 Replacement for telephone, mail

    21:08 22:10 22:40 Replacement for life purpose

    23:00 Symbols; further away from reality, depression, anxiety

    23:44 Shared delusions; mass psychosis

    24:01 No reality outside of the digital world

    24:13 Simulated people, inside a simulation; The Matrix; bits & bytes instead of atoms

    24:32 Families are their peers

    25:10 Post more self-obsessed things; appearances; narcissism

    25:52 Body weight; selfies=60% of all activity;
    27:00 cathexis; encourages baby-like behaviour

    27:40 Like or dislike; binary

    28:30 Pressure to not be private

    29:26 Become targets for bullying

    30:15 Internet feeling of invisibility, so hostility

    30:40 Dehumanised; bullying

    30:47 Narcissistic, psychopathic; want to eradicate weakness

    30:56 Weakness in self wanting to eradicate

    32:45 School bullying continue in cyberspace

    33:24 Bullying because of boredom?

    34:44 Bullying & its structure

    37:34 Attention span shortened, defence mechanisms activated, aggression & negative mechanisms,

    39:16 Smartphones needed for group projects

    41:00 Need to put pressure onto schools

    41:30 Parents teach validation comes via smartphones

    41:46 (Validation by audience proxy) = narcissism

    42:24 Smartphone validation dehumanises

    43:01 Social media intimacy is plastic (not "true")

    43:47 Remove the manipulation machine behind social media

    44:00 Learning social norms via social media

    45:38 Social media was built for addiction

    45:57 20,000 teens die every year (UK ?)

    46:18 It is exactly the same as tobacco addiction

    46:56 Craving for smartphone (addiction)

    47: 11 Smartphone craving is simulated interaction

  • Life Matter

    Social media is like eating fast food 3 times a day which is pure crap but in psychological way
    I’m one year free of it
    I feel more optimistic and I have more free times to do something creative for myself and community

  • that's not logic

    What people don't understand is
    The word never changed

    Is the human Rače had been changed so much that their
    Created this narcissist psychopaths borderline careless
    No awareness and only a place
    Where it is OK for this people
    To play drama King and Queens
    And people walking around blind
    Supporting this crap of shit behaviour

  • ian connolly

    Starting with a fox news clip on a documentary, credibility destroyed instantly.

  • that's not logic

    We bein forced to use technology
    And cyber security hack is not see like u breaking the law because
    Internet is meant to be socialist

  • that's not logic

    Social media is a narcissist
    Manipulation play ground

    If internet was not made then narcissist and the other people disorder had never gone this far
    With this type of behaviour

  • that's not logic

    Narcissist around the world
    Had come together and created
    Creepy disturbing groups of cult
    And their have their own
    Code and language what only
    People with narcissist autistic
    Borderline psychopaths personality would understand
    This people or ok with breaking
    Laws and their help each other
    To get away with it and their don't
    Care about innocent people 🤨

  • Marilyn Pechuls

    Facebook was previously named Lifelog which if you look up the founding it wasn't Mark Zuckerberg who implemented it.

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