News came out this week that Facebook is helping advertisers target teens who feel “worthless”. Leaked documents show Facebook exploiting teen’s words and images so that businesses can advertise their products aimed at the emotional states of the teens. Terms the algorithm uses include “worthless”, “insecure”, “defeated”, “anxious”, “silly”, “useless”, “stupid”, “overwhelmed”, “stressed”, and “a failure”. The interesting thing is, if Facebook was around when I was a teen, I would have shown up in their database as one who felt worthless. I was a young kid that had a developed a drug problem. I never felt good about using drugs. My problem didn’t start with drugs, it was my inability to deal with the idea that I wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t like myself. Nobody had to tell me I was a loser because I knew I was. The worst part of the drugs was how I felt about myself every time I used them. Looking back, I believe my depression came from having no purpose. Here’s the trick to the purpose thing. You don’t need to know it right away, just throw yourself into something that you can measure. You need to be able to score. If you can’t measure your progress, you’ll feel down. People who feel like they are losers are not winning at something—they are losing. The fact is losing makes you feel like a loser, no matter what activity it is. Failure never makes you feel like a winner. When I continually lost the battle with using drugs, it made me feel like a loser because I was losing daily battles. If you have trouble showing up on Mondays, if you are up and down, if you just can’t keep things together for any period of time, you are not alone.
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Facebook busted for exploiting teens
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