Facebook to Pay Users to Deactivate Before Election

It isn't often a company pays you not to use their product. But since this is 2020, nothing surprises us much.

Facebook will soon pay users to briefly deactivate their Facebook and/or Instagram accounts in the weeks leading up to the November election. The company is enlisting independent researchers to determine what impact the two social media apps have on democracy, if any.

Deactivation is purely voluntary and will invitation-only; a statement estimated participation between 200,000 and 400,000 users. If selected, compensation to temporarily deactivate would be between $10 and $20 per week, for one to six weeks, at the user's discretion.

Mean People More Likely to Be Social Media Addicts

A guy I knew from high school recently celebrated his release from Facebook jail in a sadly predictable way. He led with a "warning" post that he was going to let loose, and he wasn't lying. An unhinged string of obscenity-laced political and racial posts soon followed (with no shortage of ALL CAPS yelling, naturally).

Needless to say, I bypassed Unfollow and went straight to Unfriend. Sadly, that's not rare on social media and now there's science to back it up.

Cal State Fullerton and Michigan State researchers tracked Facebook and Snapchat activity of nearly 500 college students. The study concluded those most addicted to social media were also most likely to be aggressive cyberbullies who use those and other platforms to "seek rewards from being cruel."

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