Back to time around 375 BC, authored by Plato, The Republic defined Utopia, the land of justice and freedom. The time changes linearly but, human history doesn’t. After 2324 years, George Orwell published his dystopian novel 1984. The trace of discourse from Utopia to Dystopia is very vague and hard to understand. From the tribalism to The Samuel Huntington’s Third wave of democratization, the world seems to be going toward Plato’s dream of Utopia. But the question of perpetual war, omnipresent surveillance, historical negationism, and propaganda is entrenched Utopia.
With the rise of Technological Giant, vigorous research on behavioral science and big data mining has been becoming the interest of many companies. With the rise of the data economy, the people who own data controls the most economical. The credibility and accountability of personal data, we invest in digital media moreover daily basis is a great risk. With the use of behavioral science and personal data, people can be manipulated from one stream of thoughts to another. The rising depression, anxiety, stress, and mental health could also be linked with the ongoing shift of the world with fast-growing technology. There are ongoing debates and activities regarding the data as a human right.
One of the most discussed technology giants, Facebook’s early investor Roger McNamee has quoted, “ Facebook is designed to monopolize attention, taking all of the basic tricks of propaganda, marrying them to the tricks of casino gambling and playing the instincts. Fear and anger are the two most dependable ways of doing it.” He continued, “They created a set of tools to allow advertisers to exploit that emotional audience with individual-level targeting. There are 2.1 billion people each with their reality. Once everybody has their reality, it’s relatively easy to manipulate them.” Is the Authoritarian government system on the rise? The new of Trump Campaign on the presidential election of 2016 and Brexit’s Leave Campaign’s involvement of manipulating public opinion for their benefits with the Cambridge Analytica raises the question of data integrity and we can’t believe it as false news with the rise of machine learning and AI algorithm all around the world. Are we on Data wars?
The God of Silicon Valley, from the dream of Mars Invasion to connecting people around the world, the Businessman becoming the Philanthropist and The Messiah to the people unknown about how they make money. The question is the technology becoming a new religion with its god. The advertising policy, terms and conditions, news feed algorithm, and the data in digital media need to be questioned by every individual. The world of the 21st Century was thought to be more connected with diversity. But the incident of Rohinga Minorities in Myanmar, Muslim Minorities in India, Black minorities in USA and more, has rung the bell against the world, the god has described.
In November 2017, the article by Elizabeth Hoge, David Bickham and Joanne Cantor on the topic ‘Digital Media, Anxiety and Depression in Children’, they have argued about growing concerns on the impact of digital technologies on children’s emotional well-being, particularly regarding fear, anxiety, and depression. The 2 mental health categories of anxiety and depression will be discussed together because there is significant symptom overlap and comorbidity. Early research has explored the impact of traditional media (eg, television, movies) on children’s acute fears, which can result in anxieties and related sleep disturbances that are difficult to remedy. More recent research deals with the interactive nature of newer media, especially social media, and their impacts on anxiety and depression. Key topics of inquiry include the following: anxiety and depression associated with technology-based negative social comparison, anxiety resulting from lack of emotion-regulation skills because of substituted digital media use, social anxiety from avoidance of social interaction because of substituted digital media use, anxiety because of worries about being inadequately connected, and anxiety, depression, and suicide as the result of cyberbullying and related behavior. A growing body of research confirms the relationship between digital media and depression. Although there is evidence that greater electronic media use is associated with depressive symptoms, there is also evidence that the social nature of digital communication may be harnessed in some situations to improve mood and to promote health-enhancing strategies. Much more research is needed to explore these possibilities.
To summarize emerging areas in the field concerning the relationship between digital media use (eg, television, video games, computers, tablets, smartphones, and other devices) and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, we have focused on 6 different areas for which research evidence is available. These areas are in various levels of research development; we discuss each one separately, offer suggestions for future research, and translate what is currently known into recommendations for pediatricians and other stakeholders.
The depth understanding of our data impact in life raises the question of human dignity is at stake. The toughest aspect is these wreckage sites and the crippling division of human ideology begins with the manipulation of one individual, then another and another. We are in the time where we have to ask, can I be manipulated? Is 1984 going to be true?