Social media can lead to a fake life

Smartphone
Kirk Cameron, a Hollywood celebrity shared his thoughts on Facebook on how recent development in technology is affecting teens. According to Kirk, major Apple investors (makers of iPhone) are now saying that iPhone is toxic to kids. The investors themselves are worried about the number of time kids are spending on their phone. It is the same of course across all types of smartphone gadgets like Android.

iPhone is toxic to kids

Facebook & Instagram
In a video that Kirk saw, the former president of Facebook, along with another executive, expressed how “very guilty they feel”, with the social media platform they help create. Kirk expounded on these and said, “they (Facebook executives) knew what they were doing, which was to exploit a weakness in human psychology.” They admitted it’s tearing the social fabric apart.

“We all like an affirmation, we all love feedback from other people.” Thus they built this psych into the social media platform. When we get affirmation by having likes on Facebook or Instagram, dopamine is released from our brain, and it keeps you coming back for more, Kirk pointed out. The makers admitted that their goal is to get all of us to spend as much time and consume as much of our life on their platform as possible.

It keeps you coming back for more

Affirmation from social media

Social media can be good, but without parameters and discipline, the effects are damaging and even tragic, such as nasty apps that have cost the lives of teens through app challenges that promote suicide. A smartphone can also easily expose kids to pornography.

Teens with absentee or on the other hand toxic parents are most vulnerable because they seek for affirmation. In Facebook or Instagram, they can recreate a false life and have tons of friends but in reality, they have none. This type of affirmation is damaging.

We should be careful with how we use social media because it can give false affirmation that leads to a fake life. Who can be your one true friend that can save you?

→ What happens inside the brain of a teenager?

Connect, the movie

A documentary-style movie “Connect” that Kirk Cameron produced focuses on children, parents, and families living in a society dominated by devices and social platforms – and looks to answer their questions with help from experts. Find help, hope, and strength for parenting kids and teens in a social media world.

Kirk pleads, “if we don’t help our kids by preparing them for this world, who will?”

→ Gifts you should not but for kids below twelve
→ The seven promises of that one true friend?
→ A critical hour to help the youth

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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