If you came here because you feel like you might be addicted to technology, you’ve come to the right place.
I was seven when I first played a computer game. Grand Theft Auto. The colors were attractive and the violence was a great appeal. The game offered unhindered aggression to my young mind. I ate it up like cake.
This was a new technology then. Game designers didn’t realize it, but they were offering limitless practice for whatever fictions they could convincingly simulate.
Note the italics. Fiction. It is not real.
Computers are new to your brain. It isn’t used to this amount of sensory bombardment. It’s tricked by the information transmitted by the lights and sounds. As an example, it is 12:20 am and I can’t sleep because something is telling my brain, “It’s time to be awake.”
I tried to sleep for over an hour. It didn’t work. My so-called “free will” lead me here to my computer.
We do this to ourselves.
The nerds in Silicon Valley love their technology. They are great men, and a total plague on society.
In their minds, their actions feel okay. They feel justified. I understand. I would too if I made money this way.
My argument is that there is a better solution. A business model that does not involve addiction.
Don’t even bother denying it. I can write a few emails to a few cognitive scientists and have a mountain of evidence at my fingertips. Those great scientists may have even helped cause this plague. I don’t know. (My mother is a scientist, by the way. She contributed to cancer research.)
The nerds do not understand that they too can be free of the addiction that is computer. They will be disagreeing with my article so far. But I have the high ground.
I believe Silicon Valley can be a better version of itself.
You see, some men are truly evil. I do not know if most people in Silicon Valley are like that because I have never been there. So I give them the benefit of the doubt. You can too, unless they disprove themselves.
Disprove themselves? Yes.
This will happen via negativa. You can see what action a person does not do and find out about their intentions. Even intentions that they themselves claim to hold.
It isn’t lying. They are simply blind to the damage they cause.
These great big huge nerds never realized they could be free of technology. So they went deeper into the abyss. They programmed a world that worked for their benefit, at a social cost to you.
You lose social contact with others. In your mind, I know that you want to see your friends more. You want to watch your child play on the swings, because as a parent you understand intuitively that this is important.
And then a little white light appears in your hand. And your attention is owned by someone else.
I heard from many Americans that freedom is among the highest values there is. It may even be the most important.
These Silicon Valley nerds are part of America. They use the freedom given to them by capitalism to take another kind of freedom from someone else.
You are objecting now because the damage that is very apparent to me isn’t appearing in your mind yet. Hang on. I’ll fix that.
You can see friends ignore you in favor of their phone.
You can see your phone steal your attention from work that benefits you.
You can see a screen in front of you right now and you know that there’s other things more important for you to do. And yet you are going to keep reading, because you can feel it right now. Part of you knows that I am onto something.
I’m exhausted now. I am going to try to sleep again. Please wish me luck.