Some features on social media allegedly are constructed such that they make us addicted to more and more. Politicians have gone on record suggesting that this manipulation must stop, be outlawed and punished.
I second the idea. But why stop there? The news also tries to make us addicted. News shows that keep the viewers hanging until after the commercials. They may spread out news over hours claiming to have ‘updates’ all the time. This besides the high-pitched drama that they present to us, playing on our fears; and flooding us with heartbreaks to hook us on sentimentality. This all on top of pure dishonesty, the media lying to us (besides unavoidably be biased) and people in the news trying to fool us (besides unavoidably be biased).
Of course, much media bias comes from media consumers, who pay for/pay attention to/seek out bad (fake, biased, bad taste, sensational) reporting or naively fall for hoaxes and conspiracy theories, partly because we’re bored. And who’re not used to taking an honest look in the mirror and just speak truth.
And why look no further than these manipulations?
How about foods that contain stuff to make us addicted: high salt, high sugar, cacao, hot pepper, etc. How come that is still legal? I’m serious. How does anyone have the right to push junk by making us addicted?
Also white rice, white pasta, and white bread hook us because their lack of fibers leaves us unsatisfied so that we need to overeat of these junk foods to have any resemblance of fake satiety, which quickly wears off, pushing us to eat again (while robbing us of our appetite for real foods).
Restaurants that make their food too salty so that patrons will order more (junk/poisonous) drinks on which they make most of their profits.
(I won’t advocate stopping all fake competitions because then I’ll lose too many readers. But know that meaningful contests pit us against our present selves, inspire us to improve ourselves constantly. Everyone then can win. But playing people against each other, competing with others (preferably with added chauvinism or nationalism) is destructive — but the hype sells big-time.
And there is a world of difference between fiction that teaches or moves us vs chemicals, fake escapist ‘art,’ ‘erotica,’ ‘sexy’ clothing, make-up, perfumes, and medical procedures, meant to entice, upset or addict us, and remove us from reality and real relationships, closeness, intimacy, romance, and sexuality.)
If we see how big pharma and the weapon and the fossil fuel industry have no regard for human life or a sustaining planet, only for profit, we also can’t wait for food producers to shape up on their own accord. We need laws to end these manipulations of our physiques before our sickened bodies end us.
Oh, and for the skeptics: Not all information and influence are manipulative. There are such things as honest knowledge, real food, worthwhile endeavors, real closeness, and true fulfillment of genuine needs.