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  • My name's Laurence Scott and in my humble opinion,

  • I think that social media is changing the ways

  • both in which we experience the emotions of other people

  • and how we express our emotions publicly.

  • I think the main thing you have to think about in social media

  • is that our emotions are a valuable resource.

  • So it behoves the people who are designing social media networks -

  • such as Twitter, Facebook -

  • to make our emotions as clearly obvious

  • and evident to others as possible.

  • So you may have noticed on Facebook,

  • one of the first questions you're greeted with is,

  • "What's on your mind?"

  • Couple of years ago I noticed sort of a comedy of errors

  • that's brewing in our emotional landscape with social media.

  • So in the same year, Facebook finally rolled out its six reaction features.

  • So instead of just simply liking things that your friends have posted,

  • you could add the heart or the sad face or the angry face.

  • Mark Zuckerberg at the time said,

  • "What people want to do is express empathy."

  • But this empathy was again channelled into a discrete set of emotions

  • that weren't limitless or boundless.

  • Now why this is a funny sort of irony,

  • is that in that same year a robot was released onto the market

  • by a company called Hanson Robotics, and the robot was called Pepper.

  • And robots such as these were being trained to recognise and I quote,

  • "62 different facial and neck architectural features of humans."

  • So while the robots were learning 62 different ways to recognise us,

  • and to be able to tell what emotions we were feeling,

  • we were being allowed a range of six emotions on social media.

  • I'm sure you've noticed this too,

  • that on social media we're asked to experience

  • two completely different kinds of emotions one after the other.

  • So on your timeline you may see that your best friend's child

  • is sort of toddling around on the carpet.

  • You may feel the warmth and excitement of that.

  • And then the next post could be something about

  • 7,000 killed in an earthquake.

  • The way that the timeline and the news feeds are structured

  • really have no emotional consistency at all.

  • So we're often being jerked in our effective responses

  • from one emotion to the next quite quickly.

  • And I think this century will be about how do we cope

  • with these quick gear changes in our emotional lives.

  • Where people's internal landscapes are being altered

  • very, very radically from one emotion to the next.

  • Really the name of the game in social media commerce

  • is to make your time on the site as maximum as possible.

  • So a lot of the ways that the websites are designed

  • to encourage you to stay on it, to return to it,

  • and how they do that is to create quite addictive

  • little algorithms, such as there's one where on Twitter

  • there's a bit of a delay before how many notifications you have come up.

  • And there's a very human, basic response there,

  • where we wait to see something that is variable and changing.

  • We get a little hit of dopamine,

  • when there's a category of data that is changing that we can monitor.

  • So there's that brief moment of excitement that we all know

  • even when we're just checking an email,

  • "How many new emails do I have?" "How many notifications?"

  • And that little pause encourages in us that sort of sense of anticipation

  • that is then rewarded when we see the actual number.

  • So in this way, social media is trying to tap in

  • to very fundamental things about how our psychologies work

  • and our emotional lives are structured.

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My name's Laurence Scott and in my humble opinion,

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