LA Times owner is dissing social media. He thinks newspapers are better, obviously. Otherwise he would own facebook or twitter or something. That’s business. He’s probably right. He’s smart. After all, he made a billion dollars.
He calls social media ‘The cancer of our time.’
This is true, and not true. (which is possible, by the way.)
It isn’t true because actually, cancer is the cancer of our time. We’re getting it worse than ever. Over 50% of us are going to get it. It’s kind of a big deal. It used to be 3-5%, 100 years ago. And less, way back in the day.
Social media has a role in creating cancer. From radio waves to stress and anxiety, to bad posture and sedentary living, social media is bad for your health. (So don’t do it! Unless you’re giving me some LIKES!)
But is it killing our attention spans?
The LA Times guy also says social media makes us have shorter attention spans.
This is also true and not true.
People like bite sized snippets of instant gratification. (And can you blame them?) On the other hand, they can scroll down the facebook screen or the twitter feed, or the instagram thing, pretty much indefinitely. It takes commitment!
This activity would bore the living crap out of people from the olden days that had better things to do, like go outside, or talk to people, or have sex, or do sports, or read books, or watch music videos, or do work in long, uninterrupted stretches. Or whatever they used to do back then.
Those were crazy times! Those people from the 80s and 90s (or even earlier!) would have had no attention span for this boring stuff. THEY COULDN’T HACK IT! It’s very impressive what people an do, nowadays!