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“Time well spent” is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate
2018-01-18T01:03:17Z - Casey Newton / The Verge
To Zuckerberg, “time well spent” means independent research showing that people value the time they spend on Facebook, and feel better about themselves afterward. Social software simplifies and expedites certain social relationships, and certain actions, at the expense of others. Edelman notes that social software controls the nature of our actions to a far greater degree than anything we experience offline. It’s more esoteric than his first essays, and largely aimed at software designers. But it’s well worth reading for anyone wondering what the next generation of social software might look like — how it might avoid triggering the ennui that today’s platforms to.

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