Internet- our window to the world
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world, and nearly everyone is cooped up inside their houses, the internet has become our window to the world. From the deprivation of migrant workers walking back home, to the constant din of Covid-19 related deaths, we have been subjected to continuous news affecting our already fragile mental health.
Little hits of dopamine
Facebook, for instance, works with offering us moments of happiness when someone ‘likes’ our work, our photos. In 2011, Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, admitted “that meant we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while”.
According to a Reuters report, Anthony Bean, a psychologist and author of a clinician’s guide to video game therapy, said that excessive gaming and internet use might indicate other mental illnesses but should not be labelled independent disorders. “It’s kind of like pathologising a behaviour without actually understanding what’s going on,” he said.
Tech addiction can be a taboo subject in an industry that frequently faces criticism for using “persuasive design,” intentionally harnessing psychological concepts to make tech all the more enticing. That’s why the 27-year-old who works at the tech company spoke to AP on the condition that his identity not be revealed. He fears that speaking out could hurt his fledgling career. “I stay in the tech industry because I truly believe that technology can help other people,” the young man says. He wants to do good.
Keeping gatecheckers in check
EU regulators are seeking feedback from users and digital service providers before drafting rules that could rein in Google, Facebook , Amazon, Uber and other tech companies, an EU document seen by Reuters showed. A 43-page questionnaire to be sent to members of the public, digital services providers and EU governments in coming weeks covers topics such as the power of “gatekeepers”, online platforms’ liability for illegal or harmful content, gig economy workers and transparency around online advertising.