Opinion: Facebook/social media can provide a short term high

In a speech at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped build.

Palihapitiya seems to believe social media networks across the board, have eroded human interactions and left humans feeling vacant and empty.

Stephen Grootes reflects on this.

Every day there is new research about depression in teenagers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and how it is leading them to spend their lives in their rooms just swiping with their thumbs when they should be going out and meeting people.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor

I think I know exactly what he means and I do it to, I will go and see have mentioned me on Twitter or liked a tweet and there is that short term high but he says the problem is much bigger, you can almost get programmed, you rely on the short term high that you get.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor

I do think that you can do this, every time you open Facebook or Twitter just ask yourself this, is it going to make me happy, or is it going to make me sad.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor

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