Updated: Aug 31, 2022
“Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him, or destroy the activity…. The great principle which brings success to the teacher is this: as soon as concentration has begun, act as if the child does not exist.”
Biological nervous systems are in a constant state of change. Everyday new nerve connections form, gain strength, and old nerve connections atrophy and become less relevant. With each moment that attention is focused on a thing, that thing is influencing nerve growth in the brain. The physical, social, and digital environment in which a mind is immersed, is actively providing the human mind with information for which to program itself. It does not stop or pause ever. The rate of nerve connection growth slows with age, but does not stop until death.
When physical changes occur in the human mind regarding the consumption of certain products, the human is unlikely to overwrite those connections. For instance, when doing 3D modeling work, I have been using a program called SolidWorks for over 10 years now. SolidWorks is expensive, and when I first started Nyborg I switched to Fusion360 which is 1/10th the price of SolidWorks. After using the alternative platform for about 10 months, I had enough money to buy SolidWorks and switch back. My brain is optimized for SolidWorks, and I have other things that need more attention rather than learning a totally different platform.
For most of human existence, the environment in which people lived changed very little during one’s lifetime. Change occurred in a timescale over centuries as much of human cognition was focused on the primary task of survival. As humans depleted the initial food sources of the environment, our behavior was forced into a change. Forced to begin the practices of agriculture and animal husbandry, human cognition underwent a change in operation. A person will usually only change their behavior if forced to do so by their environment. Being that the mind is the most energy intensive organ in the human body, our natural inclination is to not spend additional energy changing it, unless absolutely necessary.
A very small percentage of the human population willfully engages in changing their minds but the vast majority prefer the opposite. As humanity evolved civilization out of necessity for survival, minds were forced into changing. Agriculture produced excess resources, and with few able to feed many, humans began to spend cognitive resources on other activities. Evolving side-by-side with agriculture was the new human economic system, and written language. Prior to these innovations cognition was limited to small groups, but with written language, cognition could reach larger numbers of people.
Coordination of the behaviors of large groups of humans rapidly evolved, and competition for human cognitive resources followed. Slavery was an inevitability, as a human is the most capable of all the beasts of burden. Systematic negative cognition training was born, threatened with death, humans will modify their behavior for living. Negative cognition became the standard for behavioral change. Human beliefs drive behavior, and so systems for aggressively controlling human beliefs evolved. The more violent the methods used for modifying human belief, the more successful they were. The belief that violence is the ultimate answer to behavioral change, has been cemented in the minds of our species ever since.
The human economic system is run entirely on belief. Products are purchased based on the belief by the purchaser that those products will fill a need. Once a belief is integrated into the nervous system it is highly unlikely that it will change. Marketers are specialists in human beliefs, belief in a product, service, company, country, philosophy, or theology. All salesmen of belief understand that if they can convert a human into a believer, they likely have a customer for life. Human belief is the cognitive kingdom of behavioral control. Evangelists of the ‘truth’ even believe that the truth matters to human beliefs. Facts and truths do not matter to the vast majority of the human cognitive population; even to humans that believe they do matter!
One does not need to believe in the laws of nature in order for the laws of nature to function. One does not need to believe the words of others to generally survive. One does not need to believe in a supreme being in order to carry out acts of kindness and charity. One does not even need to believe in themselves in order to live their lives. Attention over time becomes a belief of one kind or the other. Attention is crucial to form human beliefs, and as the human cognitive economic system has evolved into the industrial, and now information ages, it is exceedingly common for the salesmen of belief to pay for attention.
Whether it is a product or philosophy, there are salesmen of belief out there paying for the attention of others. For instance, a missionary of a faith is sponsored by their religious organization to get out there and sell. Selling the idea of their belief through charitable acts intended to get customers to switch over from their current philosophy provider. Corporations pay billions of dollars in advertisement campaigns to attempt to get more attention than their competition to convert new believers. Once enough humans believe a thing a new subculture springs up as a natural byproduct. Subcultures are heaven for salesmen of belief, as cult members begin to evangelize their beliefs and convert non-believers to their side.
Negative cognition training is barely effective, but it is effective. Misguided practitioners of negative cognition will use it poorly to attempt to change human behavior. For instance, sending out mass emails with the subject line: “Shame on such and such!” Those that believe the messaging already will agree in their minds. Those that do not believe yet will slam the doors of their cognitive temple shut. Negative cognition training only works when one believes it’s their life or else. Modern philosophies have slowly moved away from negative cognition to positive cognition. Provide a person with basic needs and you have created a positive cognition experience. Hence missionary work, or business salesmen taking you out to lunch.
Beliefs for Sale
In the last part of the 19th century, newspaper barons competed aggressively for attention. The newspaper made money through two economic methods: the sale of ad space in the paper, and the sale of the newspaper itself. In order to gain the attention of potential customers, headlines and stories themselves rapidly evolved into sensational outlandish statements. The more ridiculous, the more likely someone would buy the paper. The facts didn’t matter, even if the published information was accurate and true, it was usually not relevant to a person’s life. Of course, the purchaser of the paper believed that it was relevant to their lives, and bought the product.
Believers of the news have naturally evolved a subculture of being informed. Evangelists of news culture will often state a machination of, “if you’re not informed, you are in danger.” Sensationalism spiraled out of control and ultimately led to violent conflict in the Spanish-American war. Ultimately newspapers evolved into subscription models, and sensationalism was no longer necessary to sell papers. Accuracy of information became more important to the subscription model news believers and things settled down a bit. Until the dawn of the information age information was a premium priced product.
The information age began, and suddenly at the click of a button information could be copied millions of times. Information sellers panicked! The first sign of this evolution was when a young man wrote a program to allow people to share information with each other on the internet. Dubbed Napster, the program itself was downloaded millions of times online and internet users began sharing everything including text, video, but predominantly audio files. At its height Napster consumed 60% or more of the information bandwidth of college campuses, and physical audio media companies began to rapidly suffocate to death financially.
Like a cornered animal being made prey; physical media companies lashed out violently, with aggressive legal campaigns to stop the spread of the new normal. Wasting their rapidly diminishing resources trying to put a halt to the inevitable evolution. It didn’t matter, their market caps toppled like a medieval castle falling to a siege and bombardment. The believers in record companies were horrified to watch their religion die in front of their eyes, and made massive dissertations of moral outrage for the heresy of the information age. Their beliefs did not matter, the information age brought about an apocalypse for the old models of information. Much like paganism, the believers in physical audio today are a tiny little subculture practicing in their sanctified shrines, but no more than that.
Newspapers suffered a similar fate. The response of news cultists became the online blog. Free online blogs are as useless as the sensational news of the late 19th century. Blogs predominantly make money from paid ads, and those ads pay whenever a blog link is clicked. Blog writers began to focus on what’s going to get the click and the rest is irrelevant. A person will click on a blog based on their beliefs. Usually, the belief that they will be entertained or interested, so blog headlines devolved into things designed to excite the target clicker. Excitement comes in two flavors, joy and terror.
“Brittany Spears’ fans are urging her to stop posting nudes on Instagram!” Joy, click.
“The American Atheist League is attacking Christian values in the Midwest!” Terror, click.
Social media evolved into a breeding ground for these sensational blogs. Elated or outraged individuals then began to post these stories on their social media feeds. A person reposts something for the primary reason that they believe it says something positive about them. “I’m outraged by this! My friends and family should know I’m outraged about this, because they should be outraged too!” This mechanism of reposting blogs makes blogs more money on pay-per-click revenue streams. These practices are making use of the social animal evolved response of warning for danger, or notification of a resource. Click here and you’ll see nudes of Britney Spears, a resource in a sexually repressed culture. Click here and learn about the attack on Christian values, a danger to the theology spreading the ‘absolute truth’.
Oversaturated with messages of joy and danger, human beings have begun aggressively slamming the doors of their cognitive temples on each other. Disagreeing with a person face to face is risky per the programmed conditioning of negative cognition. Disagreeing with someone online, whether anonymously or not is a safe way to be violent against another’s beliefs. Like a soldier wearing body armor into violent combat, the internet has become the body armor of beliefs. The information age has brought about a newer kind of violent conflict into the mainstream; psychological warfare, and believers are picking their sides.
Since the dawn of broadcast media, a new kind of weapon in the fight for belief has been evolving. Commercials have begun covering the bill for entertainment and ‘newsertainment’ since the dawn of broadcast radio. It takes energy to pump out a radio signal and it takes money to maintain radio infrastructure. Since radio waves blanket an entire area, a paid subscription is virtually impossible. However, champions of behavior change created a highly effective system to cover the bill. First providing amusement as a free commodity, humans tune in and listen to fictional stories, music, and news for amusement. The amusement is then sponsored by paid advertisements which are played by briefly pausing the amusements to play the ads.
With broken concentration humans become frustrated, and thus the advertisements themselves have the maximum impact when they are amusing themselves. A person does not like their concentration to be involuntarily broken, so advertisements have to be extra amusing. Catchy radio jingles, comedy, and emotionally moving materials became the common tools for highly successful paid attention. Broadcast media become the #1 tool for consumer behavior change. Toy companies would create cartoons to sell toys, and during the cartoons the toys would be advertised on ad breaks.
In the 1990s, recording technology came out that could detect ad breaks and clip them out. However, behavioral change champions were already ahead of the technology, and made that functionality illegal. America and many other nations have been so influenced by broadcast media that entire subcultures celebrating it have evolved. The dawn of the information age dramatically enhanced the use of broadcast media. As older broadcast media religions like AM/FM radio and television have faded into obscurity, the new religion of streaming information has come to replace it.
Streaming services such as Hulu and YouTube started out with no advertisements, in the beginning these were ad-free amusement havens. Ad-free was a financial strategy to change behavior, after several years, consumers of streaming amusement had converted into believers. Once a sufficient enough number of believers were amassed to create a subculture, paid advertisements switched on. The financial strategy worked exceedingly well and venture capitalists were more than happy to foot the bill. Believers amassed in huge numbers and the model of paid attention was implemented resulting in huge returns.
Years earlier this strategy worked for cable television. ‘Cable’ was a paid television service that was ad free, once enough believers amassed for cable, the advertisements were introduced. Subscription amusement services such as Netflix and Apple Music have also done quite well in the information age. It wouldn’t be surprising if these services, like cable, started introducing ads. Sure, believers will be pretty upset about it but upset enough to change one’s beliefs? Probably not for most. News services struggled, news is boring and mostly irrelevant to one’s day to day, and thus the sensationalization of news. First television news like cable news, and then later blogs.
The library was invaded as well, instead of going to a library to gain access to attention or amusement, the information is looked up online. Googling something is literally in the Oxford English Dictionary now. Google is free to consume as it gathers information on the user, and then uses that information to help advertisers. Paid attention has even forcefully invaded home computers and cellular telephones. For instance, Lenovo computers allowed for back-door updates to broadcast advertisements to the computer desktop. Smartphones have been invaded by paid attention as well, popping up with newsertainment. Social media invades one’s attention with pop-up notifications. “Such and such just posted some stuff.” “You’ve got a new message!” On and on, and on, and on.
Past, Present, and Future
When human beings evolved art and written language, a crucial change happened with our species. Information from the past was able to be carried forward into the future. Prior to that evolution information was only transmitted from person to person directly. The power of this new technology shook civilization up. With the ability of ancestors to communicate directly with the future there was a new way of capturing attention and gaining believers. Before being a believer, one would have to be there to see or hear it for themselves. After written language, believers could be made long after the fact.
This evolution has been both a blessing and a curse on the human animal. A blessing because valuable information learned could be stored and taught to later generations. A curse because information about one’s past would be used to determine their behavior in the future. Fast forward to the 21st century, and people are getting fired from jobs for things they posted on social media years ago. A curse because the things that happened in the past are mostly irrelevant to the future. History tends to repeat itself in cycles. However, knowledge of history has yet to keep it from repeating itself on the macroscopic scale.
A human nervous system integrates all the information it has access to when operating at peak performance. If a human is flooded with irrelevant information, they will be engaged with irrelevant thoughts. Obsession with the past can steal one’s future. Social media feeds are a black hole of past irrelevance. The term ‘doom-scrolling’ was coined for the compulsion to continue looking farther and farther into the past on media feeds. Millions of people are losing their present to the irrelevance of the past. Sensational newsertainment now has a present-robbing scrollable history, gross.
Human beings are a tribal species capable of maintaining 50-200 relationships of various intensity. Yet social media ‘influencers’ have millions of followers, AKA believers. By holding all of one’s past on social media, a person is limited in their ability to become someone different in the future. I am grateful that I can meet new people and they can meet a new me. With each new relationship, I have the chance to evolve who I am. My believers of the past believe in a different version of me. That version of me no longer exists, he faded into the past long ago, and the past is where I prefer that he stay.
I used to even have ‘sexy’ pictures of my partner from her past. But that person is gone as well. I got rid of all those pictures because I’m staring at someone who doesn’t exist anymore. V is someone else, she’s becoming someone else every day. Constantly lamenting for the past that has long faded away, just robs a person of the beauty of the present. I look out my window and see a beautiful world, I type these works and feel enthralled with my task and the words build on the page and make me excited for the future.
Obsession with the past cost’s companies their lives on a regular basis. Think of the record company apocalypse; the present was upon them and they said “WAIT! STOP!” Time didn’t stop for the record companies, the future waits for no one. The company Kodak suffered a similar fate by not embracing the change in the present, and leaving the past in the past. Kodak made camera film and the digital camera present was upon them. Kodak decided to stick with the past because they had large factories for making film. What happened to Kodak? They shrank from a market leader in photography to an obscure company of the past, losing hundreds of millions of believers in the process. The factories that Kodak wanted to keep alive shuttered anyway. THE FUTURE STOPS FOR NONE.
When the present is changing and one is sad for the ending of a special moment, take the moment to feel sad. Acknowledge the sadness, hold a ceremony of grieving for the sadness, process the sadness, and then leave that in the past as well. When I had my last day on the USS Los Angeles submarine, I spent the whole day touring the vessel appreciating every pipe, every bolt, every panel, every subsystem, and I spent a good 30 minutes by the reactor compartment staring through leaded glass at the reactor. “Goodbye USS Los Angeles, I will never see you again, I love you;” and with that I left the boat and never looked back.
Grieve the past so you can move into the future. If one does not grieve the past, and pass it with a personal ceremony; one will not be ready for the future. Being stuck in the past is the root of depression. If one cannot process their emotions from the past, they will continuously return there in their mind until they do. This is readily apparent in demented elderly minds, the afflicted continuously regurgitate old memories and stories. Think about any family gathering where one will hear the same story told for the 100th time. The story is no longer interesting or engaging, we’ve all heard them. The last family gathering I attended was overloaded with the past. The present of the gathering was miserable, the whole group was checked out in their own worlds. There was no presence, no future, only the long-faded past about people I never even knew.
The future is also a thief of the present for those obsessed with the future. Futurism is an entire subculture with its own believers as well. Entire books are written about the future that hasn’t happened yet. Fiction artists posing as well-informed scientists talk about things that are ‘going’ to happen. Futurism is charlatanism. In the 1960’s as the world raced toward the historical moment of landing the first humans on an alien world. Atomic energy was rapidly being developed as well as electronics, and materials technology. The futurists had an incredibly distorted view of what the future would hold. Many thought that by the year 2000CE, humanity would be a multi-planetary species zipping around in fusion powered flying cars, with robotic personal servants handling all the household chores.
Exactly none of that came to pass. Why would anyone waste a single calorie thinking about things that could be 40 years into the future? Because they were not embracing the present. By not acknowledging the being grateful for today, one will sit around hoping things will be better tomorrow. Yesterday was beautiful, today is beautiful, and tomorrow will be beautiful. To quote little orphan Annie: “The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun.” That is the only certainty humanity really has. Yet billions of years from now on Earth that will no longer be true. Yet that doesn’t really matter does it? We will all be dead by then, having returned to the stars from whence we came.
Before agriculture, human beings had no need for thinking about the future. Thinking about the future beyond a couple of months is a waste of energy. Yet everyday millions upon millions chain themselves to a job they would rather not have to work, because they fear the future. Retirement planning is an entire industry with its own devout believers. Retirement evangelists preach “if you aren’t afraid of the future, you should be.” Believers of retirement waste decades of their attention for the promise of future fulfillment. It takes 5-10 years for a human to master a skill, and create highly original works from that skill.
Highly original works have way more influence upon the future than a retirement pension. Nikola Tesla might have died in poverty, but you can’t take it with you anyway. Nikola Tesla’s work changed the world. Future generations for centuries will benefit from Tesla’s mastery. That is a reward worth more than all the worldly riches and extravagant comforts one can have in life. Unless of course if one has determined that they desire nothing more than the meaning of their life to be the enjoyment of comforts and play. If comfort is one’s ultimate answer, then seek it. Scar was obsessed with comfort and play, but it left his soul shallow and empty, and Scar’s family hated his guts.
Negative cognition training leaves a person stuck in their past, numb to the present, and distracted with the future.
With all of the attention-grabbing interference combined with negative cognition training, it is no surprise that the ability for an individual to concentrate has been highly eroded. Especially with hand-held electronics. Attend a public event such as a concert, and hundreds, even thousands are there with their phones filming the concert. This is not a copyright issue; this is an attention issue. A person at a musical performance who is more focused on capturing the present for enjoyment of the past in a later future is losing all three at once. Rather than soaking in the now of the moment and having a treasured memory, all they have is a shitty recording. The music being performed will undoubtedly be available online to watch. Those videos of the concert they took? It’s not likely they will ever be watched.
At the city park while their children play, parents line the benches with their heads bowed, as if in church praying to the electronic gods that rule their attention. Only looking up briefly to shout at their children ‘do this, don’t do that’. Most of the distracted bow-headed parents are incredibly overweight and unhealthy to boot. Distracted in the past immersed in an imaginary world that steals the precious moments one has to engage with their children in play. Alternatively, worrying about their physical health, instead of getting off their asses to take a walk around the beautiful environment. Listening to the birds singing, smelling the flowers, or taking in any one of the million things that a park has to offer.
Unfortunately, I myself used to consume an excessive amount of electronic entertainment. I wish the video game service provider Steam didn’t show how many hours I’ve spent numbing myself. I stopped counting after it added up to more than a year. More than a year of my life, gone forever. Will I lay upon my deathbed and celebrate all the achievements I racked up in GTA, Fallout, StarCraft and beyond? Not a chance. Prior to streaming, I used to have hundreds of movies and shows. In my final days will I care that I really enjoyed Battlestar Galactica? Nope. Thousands of hours wasted on irrelevance. Video games can be very engaging and leave one very entertained, but true joy? The everlasting feeling of accomplishment that comes with suffering to achieve a higher purpose. Not in the slightest.
One wouldn’t crawl through a field of razor wire under gunfire to play a video game. One wouldn’t subject themselves to humiliation to gain amusement. One wouldn’t put themselves through a single ounce of real suffering to be amused. Amusement is simply not a goal worth pursuing. The research required to write this book put me through shame, humiliation, physical pain, loss, sadness, rage, terror, grief, and economic pain. All of it I would gladly do again ten times over. Because the feeling of joy I feel is one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced, and it’s not fleeting either. The joy I feel stays with me wherever I go, and whatever I’m doing.
To learn anything worth learning requires intense concentration. Yet the world around us of paid attention works double-time to sell comfort and amusement. Most amusement isn’t even truly exciting, it’s merely engaging. Real excitement is riding the razor’s edge between terror and joy. Yet negative cognition tells a person that they can ‘simulate’ excitement without risk. One can consume stories that can elicit strong emotions, but nothing compared to the actual experience of heartbreak, loss, and grief.
V and I also used to routinely engage in electronic amusements together. ‘Netflix and chill’ became the tagline of years of lost time spent together; ignoring each other engaging in the watered-down excitement of the electronic entertainment world. Our negative cognition training had us chronically interrupting each other. Any time for an original thought or insight snatched from reach by interruption. Unable to focus, one will struggle with processing old information and so the information just sits there unprocessed.
People can snatch attention as well. Each member of the Nyborg experiment was adept at capturing and holding my attention. My desire to mentor, develop, and watch them grow blinded me from the fact that they were addicted to my attention, and I was addicted to it back. Negative cognition training leaves a hole in the heart. V and I had developed a codependent relationship that involved simulating genuine connection with each other. Without a genuine connection we were each left wanting. V filled her time with dozens of useless hobbies; and I filled my time with the attention I could get from other people.
Before I knew it, I had full-on codependent relationships with everyone in the company. Ferra was by far the most adept at capturing and holding my attention. Compulsively thinking about her constantly felt good to me, and we had a very inappropriate unhealthy relationship. Yet the behavioral addiction is just as strong as a drug addiction, it is a drug addiction. Negative cognition training leaves trauma that puts the mind in a state of constantly wanting. Those afflicted put on a masquerade, a sort of human puppet show. Puppeteering their bodies to hide their damaged soul telling themselves that everything is just fine.
The puppet show requires a ton of additional energy to properly maintain. With all that additional energy being spent on puppeteering there is no additional energy left over to engage in the process of creating highly original works. Thus life is spent either puppeteering and then precious moments of free time are spent numbing away the pain of the puppet show.
Behind everybody’s puppet show is an inner child who’s afraid to come out and play. Bring out your inner child in a social setting and those around you can freak out like ‘woah! Put that away!’ Fear of true engagement has people not engaging in actual connection. Yet inside all of us is an inner spirit dying to make a real human connection. Married couples will sleep next to each other for decades and not make a true vulnerable connection. Once while at a business lunch I was with a female salesperson who was going through a divorce. I asked her why she was getting a divorce and her answer was, “because he’s a child.” Translation ‘he had an affair, and that’s childish’.
When put in the right conditions’, adults put away their puppets and play. Thousands of people engage in annual festivals such as Burning Man that authorize them to play. Critics of these festivals roll their eyes at the behavior in disgust to project shame as if to say, “how dare those people put away their puppets and act like children!” Don’t they know they aren’t allowed to play like that anymore? They are all grown up. Unstructured play is a crucial component to a healthy psychological diet. Yet children are slowly broken from unstructured play through the effects of negative cognition training.
As of 2019 pornography is a thirty-five-billion-dollar marketplace and growing. Without actual human connection, and the ability to engage in adult play; adults are simulating the experience online. Wealthy individuals pay tens of thousands to spend a few hours with a courtesan who will provide them with the experience of a safe human connection without judgment or attack. Sexuality is a core component of the human experience, and the amount of negative cognition training poured into controlling sexuality is grotesque. Before an American male infant can even say a word, they have their genitals permanently mutilated, and one in four American women will experience a rape in their lifetime.
Sexuality is such a controversial issue that many would rather run into a burning building and hide rather than have a conversation about it. Humans running their social mask puppets will even have conversations with each other about all the horrible tortures that people with violent sexual dysfunctions should go through. Sexual dysfunction is a significant issue and its one that is forcefully swept under the rug. So many are ready to engage in violence against ‘sex offenders’, to virtue signal to others, that ‘I’m not broken like that person’. The gay rights movement in the United States has been gradually ballooning into a larger discussion of human sexuality.
Sexuality in corporations is treated like the Ebola virus. An HR professional told me a story about a corporate case where two employees had sex on a desk after hours with no one else present. The two consenting adults were both immediately fired as the event had apparently been captured on camera. Then, HR had to do follow-up training a few weeks later as other employees kept putting flowers on the desk as a shrine to the fired individuals. This made others feel ‘uncomfortable’, and HR had to perform a fresh round of anti-sexuality training.
Fred Rogers is known for saying, “if it's mentionable, it’s manageable.” Sexuality in the United States as a topic that has been decidedly unmentionable. Suicide related to sexuality occurs at a 4x higher rate than any other motivation for suicide. Of the members of my own test group 100% of them had self-reported sexual dysfunction issues. On social media theologians will state that ‘homosexuality is an abomination before God.’ Others will say homosexuality is unnatural. Something that is unnatural cannot be, because it would break the laws of physics. Quite frankly, the current cultural-normal approach to human sexuality is the true abomination before God.
Going through life while ignoring the fundamental nature of every human being has us all hiding behind our curtains holding puppet strings. As a result of the mass hysteria of human sexuality in the United States, our ability to have an actual human connection with each other has been castrated. Meanwhile Facebook has changed its name to Meta and is claiming to be re-defining the human connection. This is nothing short of a disgusting abomination against our species as a whole.
Social media is not a human connection! Eye contact, engaged listening, mutual connection, shared vulnerability, and empathy…that is a real human connection. There is no computer that exists that can bridge the gap and create a real genuine human connection. Babies have an insatiable appetite for skin-to-skin contact and embrace. Children need hugs, and so do adults. Study after study shows the positive effects of the endorphins released when two people experience a genuine human connection with each other. Negative cognition training is the reason the whole Metaverse can even exist.
The moment people experience a genuine human connection with each other; they have no use for social media products beyond their capacity to advertise goods and services. When allowed to experience a genuine human connection, the amount of violent and unhealthy sexual dysfunction will go into free-fall, as will the market cap of the porn industry.
The nervous system continuously configures itself over time.
Media from the past can communicate information into the future even if that information is unhealthy.
Truth is irrelevant to the human capacity for belief.
Once a belief is established, it is unlikely to change unless forced by circumstance.
The ability to pay attention and focus has been eroded by electronic media.
Both the distant past and far future are irrelevant to a human animal.
Behavioral addictions are not limited to drug addiction and far more related to attention addiction.
True engagement and human connection is highly coveted and not currently available to most.