I’ll agree with you in part Khürt. I think some of the issue can be attributed to a sliding scale of potential benefits. Twitter and other social media can be a useful thing for society, but they’re also very often going overboard in actively making their products even more addictive so that they can make more money in return.

There actually are many that do blame the alcohol industry, the cigarette industry, and even the prescription drug industry (Purdue Pharma, anyone?) for their ill effects and suggest they be shut down. In many of those cases government oversight and regulation has helped to stave off the harms while still allowing the benefits. Most of our current problem is that these technologies aren’t evenly distributed among the people, lawmakers are poorly educated on them (just look at the knucklehead questions that have been asked of Mark Zuckerberg–and his lack of response–on the House and Senate floors), not to mention the massive amount of lobbying money these mega-corporations have spent on preventing regulation.

I suspect we’ll find a solution eventually, but how long will it take and at what cost to individuals and to society?