Remember when Facebook was exclusive to college campuses? It’s hard to picture, right? It seems like millennia ago.
Now, with over 2.2 billion users worldwide, Facebook is as ubiquitous as your morning coffee. Add in Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, and you start to wonder what exactly we did with our time before social media.
Social media has accomplished some amazing things. It has connected our world like never before, and empowered grassroots movements that simply would not have been possible without it.
But, like pretty much anything men create, there are some nasty side effects that have accompanied the rise of social media. Many of which we’re only beginning to understand.
I like to watch TED talks. They’re often intriguing, insightful, entertaining, and sometimes even funny.
On the topic of social media, I’ve found these four TED talks to be the best. (in no particular order)
Watch them for yourself, and tell me you’re not going to look at social media in a different light.
How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions – Scott Gallaway
Scott Galloway is a Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing to second-year MBA students. He is also the author of the Digital IQ Index, a global ranking of the digital competence of the world’s biggest brands.
In this spectacularly entertaining rant, Scott shares insights and mind-blowing stats about the dominance and motivation of four of the world’s largest tech companies.
THIS is what happens when a society prizes shareholder value over everything else.