Itís time for Final Thoughts Ö on all this Facebook talk.
It's true, folks: Our privacy and data are compromised on the
Yeah, not a shocker. In fact, Iím shocked some of you think we
still have privacy online. Hereís a friendly reminder - we donít.
This Cambridge Analytica data breach is partly Facebookís fault.
And Iím the last person to stick up for the teflon-coated hoodie
that is Mark Zuckerberg.
But ... letís be honest. We practically invite Facebook,
Twitter, Google, Apple and the rest of Ďem into our personal and
private lives - every time we log on.
Behold: the device that is practically an appendage at this
point: The almighty smart phone.
George Orwell warned us almost 70 years ago, when he published
"1984." But we didnít listen. We probably never will. Big
Brother doesnít have to hack to get our fingerprints, passwords,
or even retina scans. We do it for him - happily.
We can cry over this latest Facebook breach and demand more
privacy. But come on - weíve become too lazy, anti-human, and
tech-addicted to truly care.
Think Iím kidding? Whatís the first thing you do in a waiting
room Ö a red light Ö any time you have a free moment? You check
your phone. You check your likes, your views, your comments. You
creep on your kids, your exes, people from high school.
Hey, Iím right there with Ďya. And itís sad.
No wonder the American family is breaking down. No wonder
mentally unstable kids are falling through the cracks. Itís hard
to notice the world in front of us when all we do is look down
at a dang screen.
Did you know research shows young people spend about five hours
a day looking at phones?
We drive with them, we sleep with them, we eat with them. We
would probably shower with our phones if the water didnít
Heck, we even date with our phones. Itís gonna be interesting
telling our grandkids we met their grandpa ďin the DMs.Ē
You really wanna punish your kids? Give them an old school flip
phone for a week. The fight for survival would look like a scene
from "Hunger Games."
This isnít just a millennial problem. Huh-uh. Everyone knows the
50-plus crowd has taken over Facebook. And theyíll do the same
The least of our worries should be data mining. Weíve lost real
relationship and communication skills. Instead, we convey our
emotions with crappy emojis and gifs.
So yeah, we'll call Zuckerberg and friends on the carpet for a
day, or maybe a week. Then what? We'll log back on and watch our
cat videos - just like before.
Look, social media isn't all bad. Heck, social media is what got
me here. Perhaps we can find a happy medium? Maybe type a little
less - and talk a little more?
Weíve started to love technology and use people - when it should
be the other way around.
Those are My Final Thoughts. From LA, God Bless and Take Care.