Why social media is so dangerous when recovering from pornography online addiction

Understand the risk of using social media during and after recovery

Posted by Cam on April 30, 2020

Social media is designed to get you engaged. It pays attention to everything it can about you, whether its the types of content you click on, how long you view certain types of content, how old you are, whether you’re male or female, who your friends are and what types of content they engage with. All of this data gets fed into machine learning algorithms (a form of artifical intelligence) and the algorithm takes all that information about everyone using the site and generates your “feed”.

Your “feed” is the content you see when you first open instagram, snapchat, facebook, tiktok, pinterest, reddit, etc. Social media sites understand that the better that content is, the longer you’ll stay on their site. The longer you’ll stay on their site, the more ads they can show you, and the more profit they’ll make.

None of this sounds too bad or alarming, until you consider what happens when you’re trying to change what you’re exposed to online. If you’ve previously engaged in viewing bad content through social media–it will most likely continue “feeding” it to you for a long time. The algorithms don’t understand the changes you’re trying to make in your life. All they understand is your historical use of the site and what got your attention previously. If you viewed sexual, pornographic content previous that’s likely what you’ll continue to see each time you open the website/app.


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