It was in mid-March when news first broke out about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that wrapped up major social media platform Facebook.
Since then, there have been numerous articles talking about the scandal, what’s being done about it, and of course opinion pieces.
I’d like to share my own thoughts on the scandal, by honestly taking a different approach to the whole thing.
Indeed, stealing information and exploiting people again and again is a bad thing. That’s not a shocker to anyone.
But I’m of the mind of looking at these events and asking one thing…
“What else can we learn from this experience?”
I agree completely that Facebook should be making some changes.
People should be watching carefully how this scandal is going to play out.
But I also think it’s time that we address something else…
How much time do we spend on social media? On the internet?
I think one of the biggest realizations that I’ve had with this scandal is that it put into perspective the answers of three questions…
How much time I spend on the internet?
How much time do I spend working and hustling?
How much time do I spend doing other things?
When we ask ourselves these questions, it really sinks in how much we depend on social media, the internet.
Of course it’s a valuable tool.
Through the internet I’m able to grow a brand, get paid, and support other people that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Many people can attest to the very same thing.
But in light of this scandal, I think it’s time to look at social media a bit differently. Our sheer dependence on social media for approval, amongst other things are clear indicators a change must be made.
But we also must make a critical decision on how much time should we spend on…