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Social Media and Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedules

Why social media is addictive:

“Intermittent reinforcement works better. … 9 of out 10 things in my feed are complete garbage—last week’s newspaper lining the birdcage with the droppings already on it—but then once every two weeks I find out my niece is engaged or my best friend got a great new job or my oldest friend is in town and I should make plans to hang out. And now no matter how full the Facebook feed is of bird droppings I still have to keep going back.”
Joel Spolsky

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
Sean Parker, first president of Facebook

“[I]f you are addicted to social media, you are not just weak willed. Console yourself by realising that you are instead a pigeon, in a box, pecking at a lever interminably.”
B.F. Skinner Likes Your F.B. Status

“Variable ratio: rapid, steady rate of responding; most resistant to extinction.”
Operant Conditioning: “Reinforcement”, Wikipedia

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3 somewhat related posts…

“As a software engineer, I’ll deal with all the technical headaches, but I won’t tolerate it as a consumer. Technology seems to be failing us faster than it’s helping us.”
http://blog.joemoreno.com/2014/09/apple-rant-failure-of-technology.html

Blogging (rather than writing at silos) is making a comeback.
http://blog.henrikcarlsson.se/im-taking-back-my-content/
and
http://mustapha.me/2014/08/blogs-are-cool-again/

“The best you can do is stop feeding the flames and stop paying attention.
If you’re having a rough day on social media, try taking a break. A big break. Delete the Twitter app or bury it in an obscure folder. Don’t check it for 24 hours. Go longer if you can. The difference is bigger than you might assume. It’s eye-opening.”
http://www.marco.org/2014/08/29/wirecutter-resolved

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on social media and the future…
http://inessential.com/2014/08/27/waffle_on_social_media
“The things that will last on the internet are not owned. Plain old websites, blogs, RSS, irc, email.”

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social media: mainly talking about ourselves

“…while 30 to 40 percent of ordinary conversation consists of people talking about themselves, some 80 percent of social-media updates fall in the same category? “Ordinarily, in a social context, we get feedback from other people,” Boyd told me. “They might roll their eyes to indicate they don’t want to hear so much about us. But online, you don’t have that.””

The Selfish Meme
Twitter, dopamine, and the evolutionary advantages of talking about oneself
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/the-selfish-meme/309080/

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Jane McGonigal TED talk: Gaming can make a better world

Watch this TED talk on using gaming to “save the world”. I think it’s quite compelling. Maybe the logic falls apart if one thinks about it more than 18 minutes, but I think there is A LOT of truth to this based on what I see with my own kids and their gaming.

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