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Facebook Outage Shows our Dependence on Tech

October 15, 2021 2 min read

Facebook Outage Shows our Dependence on Tech

Last weeks Facebook outage shows our society's dependence on technology.

This downtime was a global demonstration of how "important" the company's services have become in everyday life. With Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger being down, people were panicking, flocking to other social media channels like twitter, and in many cases didn't what to do with this time normally spent on these applications.

After facebook came back live, the founder Mark Zuckerburg also posted a tweet, "Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now. Sorry for the disruption today -- I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about."

It is one thing to use these applications on a limited basis, but speaks volumes about our society than an outage could cause public outrage. At the same time speaking on the outage on other social channels becomes a hot button topic just to "be apart" of the conversation.

The classic line was "this needs to happen every week," and then the next day these people are back to spending their whole day online again. Yet, we know that people were constantly checking throughout the day just to see if these multiple apps connected to Facebook are back online.

We like to take moments like these to acknowledge how much we use technology outside of our work or school needs, and how detrimental it can be to our mental health. We speak on these often in our Phone Detox Program with the amount of time dedicated to our devices that could be spent with friends and family, reading, being outside, etc.

Placing a device in a Faraday Sleeve when you're not using it for work or school needs, allows the user to be completely cut off from the online world and focus on present moments and activities.

Brandon Lasko
Brandon Lasko

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