Destructive and polarizing is the dominant prediction for social media, and the respondent comments say we have a bad system that will stay bad or get worse. Some more tempered commentary suggest social media will split into subsets for niche segments, or simply become irrelevant. There was a tremendous response to this question – everybody has an opinion about social media.
My question was, ‘Will social media play an overall constructive role in connecting people, providing news and information, or will it have a destructive effect, increasing distrust, misinformation and polarization?’, and the answer is far from positive.
Comments are grouped into three parts: Social media is Doing Alright, It’s As Bad As We Thought, and Change is Coming.
Social Media Is As Bad As We Thought
Social media has serious problems, and they could get worse. Some of the problems are put down to control by large controlling [forces] and intentional misinformation. Technology and AI are seen as agents of harm rather than help. A possible fragmentation into decentralized information silos will be good for some individuals but harmful to our society.