Sam Vaknin: “I see a world where Social Media will be banned.”

by EzekielDiet.com
Posted on Feb 06, 2019

They will be living as if they are on an island, where social media becomes their world, and where they will swap real life with this delusional world and lose sight of reality, which is the definition of psychosis. We cannot predict the outcome of this dangerous wave.

The person interviewed was Sam Vaknin, an Israeli author who has written several award-winning books, most notably, “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited”.

His comments throughout are nothing short of chilling as he outlines a future where the world will be made up of two groups; those who are on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and those who have rejected them completely.

“We have created a technology which has created pathologies in two billion people: they have become less functional, more automised, more anxious, more depressed and suicidal. They will be living as if they are on an island, where social media becomes their world, and where they will swap real life with this delusional world and lose sight of reality, which is the definition of psychosis. We cannot predict the outcome of this dangerous wave,” he says ominously.

He describes how we have become not only addicted but, more worryingly, conditioned in every aspect of our lives, because social media play on the worst possible traits of human nature. Of course, we have heard a lot of this before, but he went further by claiming that those who created Facebook and Twitter did all this deliberately.

We are told that the whole ethos behind social media was aimed towards a certain psychological profile because they were created by a specific type: asocial, asexual, schizoid young men who were basically, nerds. However, these are not the harmless, funny type of nerds from “The Big Bang Theory”, but the type of repressed, unnerving type of nerds under which lies something very sinister.

Indeed, last year, Sean Parker, the billionaire early Facebook investor and Napster founder, admitted that Mark Zuckerberg knowingly created a monster with addictive social media which rely on constant validation. He instinctively knew that this craving in human nature could be monetised.

Sam Vaknin points out how the very essence of FB, for example, is based on envy; a quantified, weaponised envy which causes you to take some form of aggressive action. As he describes it, pathological envy rears its head out of a source of frustration and yearns to tear someone down and destroy them.

The whole concept basically feeds on pathological feelings and can end up becoming psychologically damaging. It is no coincidence that it lends itself so easily to slander, libel, hate speech, fake news and cyberbullying. He also makes a compelling point about the limited number of characters on Twitter: aggressive speech is much shorter than non-aggressive speech.

Expressions of compassion and empathy are effusive and tend to be much longer, whereas two or three words can often suffice to hurt another person. It is, he insists, a malicious design of algorithms to cater to human pathology in its most extreme forms.

The picture he paints is a disturbing one, and while some of it might sound like an exaggeration, we have enough evidence around us to indicate that he is not far off the mark, especially among those who are on social media for many hours on end, rather than the moderate user.

Read more:  https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/91545/running_away_from_intimacy__into_a_fake_simulated_world

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