Facebook Messenger Ads are about to go live. Now, we cannot even talk to friends and family on Facebook without marring our mental health. Here’s what to do about it.
Facebook already makes $4 billion a year from advertising revenue. But they are not content. Now they want to put advertisements in Facebook messenger, just in case you want to see ads while talking to your close family and friends.
These Facebook Messenger ads are not just an inconvenience. They’re a threat to mental health.
Information overload is one of the primary causes of mental health complications in the 21st Century.
The average human being registers 13 million bits of information through the senses every second of the day. We’re consciously aware of only one to three of those bits of information. The brain is not even close to being equipped to handle that much information.
Most of the information we’re exposed to is manmade. US San Diego conducted research that showed that we take in approximately 100,000 words a day.
That’s a problem.
The short-term memory of human beings is not equipped to handle more than seven items at a time. That’s seven pieces of information were supposed to handle, against the 13 million bits of information we’re inundated with.
This information overload is a major cause of depression, anxiety and stress. Sure, we can use mindfulness tips like these ones that help us to overcome information overload. But even the most Zen amongst us are not infallible to the effects of information overload.
Information overload causes serious mental health problems:
The symptoms of information overload include:
- Poor short-term memory
- Hurry sickness (constantly feeling like we’re in a rush)
- Compulsion to check email / Facebook etc.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
People around the world are suffering a mental health pandemic, and ads are largely to blame. At what point to we admit that Capitalism has gone too far and that sacrificing people’s health for profit is unacceptable?
Things are only going to get worse.
Digital Marketing experts estimate that the average person is currently exposed to 10,000 adverts a day. Profits from online advertising are predicted to grow to $220.38 billion by 2019, and the total number of ads is predicted to grow by at least 50% in that time span. The new Facebook Messenger ads are a large part of the problem.
Facebook Messenger ads mean we cannot chat to friends and family online on Facebook without seeing ads. And Facebook is a leader. Other software developers and online communication services are bound to follow suit.
What can you do to combat these ads and the damage they will have on our mental health?
If you want to kill Facebook messengers ads, ignore them. If the ads do not result in profit for advertisers they will soon be removed. Also, click the little dot menu at the upper right of the screen to hide the ads. Hide as many ads as you an in protest against this new advertising system. We need as many Facebook users are possible to constantly hide Facebook ads as a protest.
We need to change the nature of the internet. We cannot allow Facebook Messenger ads (and other ads) to cause information overload and to destroy mental health for us and our families.
There’s a war taking place between mental health and Capitalis. Mental health is losing.