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Letter: Limiting social media usage might solve many of our woes

Limiting social media usage might solve many of our woes

Newton’s third law of motion states that “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” This not only applies to physics, but surprisingly it mostly holds true for social behavior as well; but socially it morphs into the law of unintended consequences.

Nowhere is that proven more than with our dependence on information highways. The internet and its related components have become addictions no less dangerous to us than heroin. The ecstatic feeling one gets from the drug negates the realization of the damage being done to one’s mind and body. I submit that the high we get from being instantly connected to anyone who has the inclination to indulge our egos is much more addictive and much more dangerous to our collective minds and bodies.

It has been reported that ISIS sends out over 200,000 tweets a day instigating “lone wolves” to kill as many Americans as possible for the cause of Islam; that’s a million tweets every five days. It seems that it doesn’t take a West Point military genius to figure out that if you shut down Twitter and other like devices for the transfer of non-essential information, you close down an important bridge for the cause of terrorism. Ah! But there’s the rub.

Shutting down Twitter would prevent teenagers from telling each other what they had for lunch. We the people couldn’t follow our idols for advice and might have to think for ourselves again. But most of all this would pit the logic of sacrifice for security against profit and the free market, and nothing gets in the way of profit and the free market.

Robert J. Wegrzynowski