Cal Newport on Facebook’s Smoke Screen

Outrage-invoking political content might have been good business for Facebook, but in its absence, this company’s attention engineers can tap into any number of other distraction wells to keep users compulsively tapping the little blue icon on their phone – Facebook’s Smoke Screen

I’m not a fan of how social media steals our attention. The worst for me is Instagram and scrolling through the feed aimlessly. It cost me an hour of sleep this week.

The thing is, I enjoy posting pictures. I question myself, is it because people like them or just because I like posting pictures?

Either way, loosing an hour of sleep to see silly pictures in their recommended images for people I don’t even know is a vapid waste of my time.

I need to take more steps to cut that crap out of my life because just like Facebook, Instagram, is only invested in stealing my time.

Facebook’s Desperate Smoke Screen

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