University of Toronto: Who’s in control? U of T researcher examines why it’s so difficult to disconnect from social media. “Academics have spent the last decade studying connectivity and social media – a trend that has more than two billion people around the world on Facebook and counting. For Tero Karppi, however, the focus has instead been disconnection… His new book, Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds, explores the challenges users face when they try to deactivate their Facebook accounts, and how efforts by social media companies to keep users logging in may be giving us less control over our digital lives.”
Recode: If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says. “On this week’s new episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher talks with Jaron Lanier, a VR pioneer and longtime technology critic who currently works at Microsoft Research. He’s the author of a new book, ’10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now’ and explains why those who have the opportunity to quit platforms like Facebook and Twitter should do so. He compares the problem to past crusades against ‘mass addictions’ like smoking or drunk driving, arguing that hearing more voices from people who are outside of the addiction may be the most helpful way to turn the tide.” The link includes a transcript, and don’t I have something to think about this weekend.
Wired: Deleting Facebook? Here Are The Best Alternatives For What You’ll Miss. “Facebook itself has admitted that mindlessly scrolling on its platform isn’t good for you. If all that has you thinking about deleting Facebook entirely, you’re far from alone. (Quitting the social network is also somewhat of a first-world privilege, since for many people Facebook functions as the entire internet itself.) But going cold turkey can be hard; Facebook actually provides useful services sometimes, and there’s no one-for-one replacement. Fortunately, you can pretty easily cobble together anything you might miss from Facebook with a combination of apps and services. It won’t be the exact same, but at least you’ll be less tempted to go back.”