Internet tears people apart
The Internet has given us access to remote people and news from all around the globe.
However, the Internet is also opposing neighbor against neighbor in new and innovative ways that only technology could have made possible.
You only talk to people you agree with
The better way you can improve as a person is by making mistakes and receiving corrections from other people.
Receive bad feedback from others is not nice but is the only way we can learn how to be better.
If you surround with ‘yes men’ people you will get disconnected from reality and excluded yourself from creating new social connections.
So far the internet is building that bubble of ‘yes men’ people around you and is not a conspiracy theory, is just how computer algorithms works.
Facebook for example, you think it gave you all of your friend’s updates in order?
Of course not, by default it filters the updates according to your previous preferences.
And that’s exactly why wrong information can circulate in a bubble where everybody agrees with it; because the ones who know the truth have been deliberately filtered out.
Last year I saw on Reddit the following headline ‘Russia is massing troops on Iran’s northern border ready to start a war if US attacks Iran’.
The source was BusinessInsider.com, a very respectable page which was pulling the article from World Net Daily where the story cites unnamed sources.
So let’s follow the path. Front page of a huge news portal -> popular website -> crazy site -> imagination of a random guy.
And by the way, Russia doesn’t border Iran.
We didn’t even pay attention to it because what we spend all of our time doing is browsing, fast browsing information without stop and dig into the details.
As online forums become more populated, for example, customers who are more positive and less involved tend to stick to the sidelines, while customers who are more involved and more critical take their place.
Online feedback tends to be either from people who are being negative or from people who are positive and see that other people are trashing the thing they’re positive about.
Now they have to speak up, just to try to negate the negativity.
One way or the other, the loudest, most negative people dictate the discussion.
You’ve probably also seen this phenomenon in every single political discussion that has ever taken place online.
Internet users versus everyone else
I wrote this complete article talking about different opinions you find on the internet, ignoring the fact that the Internet is not the world.
The digital gap is the breach between internet users and non-internet users.
You may think of the consequences of this as just simply oddity in social gatherings but in global terms, it’s a massive problem.
The differences between an internet user life and a non-internet user life are huge and get bigger every single day.
Internet use rewires our brains.
So if the internet is presenting us with the stories and opinions we care about, and internet is only available to the richest third of us, then no matter how open-minded you are, the pure fact that you’re reading this, means you’re already living in a bubble.
the world must know the truth!