Time to Change your Internet Diet

Chances are your diet looks like most of the world’s “Internet Diet” is looking like the stereotypical American diet, full of unhealthy fats and sugars.
Maybe it doesn’t feel unhealthy at this point but as pointed out in the TED talk by Eli Pariser called Beware online “filter bubbles” there is no longer a way to achieve a healthy balanced “Internet Diet.” If you go down your Facebook feed you’re guaranteed to come across some article or post that captures your interests and attention. Oh wait, ever post captures your interest and attention. In the video Pariser quotes Mark Zukerberg saying, “A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” In order to better explain this quote, and the point made in the TED talk I will personalize (ha ha) it for you. By now we all know that Facebook is personalizing everything down to which of our friends posts we see. So let say this past summer your friend was about to give birth to her first child all while the Ebola epidemic was in full swing and your grandmother is freaking out about it, while you could CARE LESS! Your more likely going to be seeing a post with pictures of the cute new born as opposed to a link to a news article about Ebola. This is something that really gets under my skin. The world population is only growing more and more self centered, and I feel like the internet was a way for us to connect with others, not only like us, but different. The internet was created for exploration of the unknown, but with this “filter bubble” that has been created around us we need to find a way to pop it. So next time you go onto your favorite website, whether it be a news site or social media, click on something that you’ve never clicked on before and begin the popping.


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