What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? There’s a good chance you check your smartphone. They are with us from the moment we get up until we go back to sleep. We check them constantly for notifications, we scroll aimlessly through feeds, and we take pictures—so many pictures. The irony is, we have all this incredible computing power in the palm of our hand and yet, we rarely use our smartphones for anything actually intelligent.
The truth of the matter is, we are addicted to our phones and this addiction allows Big Tech to control, own, and make billions from our personal data. It’s no coincidence that everything we do on our phones benefits Big Tech—I call it the smartphone conspiracy.
The Role Centralization Plays
Virtually all the Apps you have downloaded on your phone are centralized—meaning, via those apps, your data is being collected, stored, streamed, and sold.
Running these centralized apps takes a toll on your battery because your smartphone is maintaining constant open data connections to the Cloud. To preserve battery power, mobile operating systems put most apps in the background after 10 or 15 seconds of inactivity to preserve battery life. But then, they use gamification in the form of notifications to wake your phone up, alert you, and get you back online. Notifications are just another way Google and Apple keep you tethered to your phone because all notifications must go through their servers enabling them to analyze and store every action you perform.
So, besides being a way to communicate—what is the purpose of a smartphone? Basically, your $1200 iPhone with a super-fast processor and a kazillion gigs of RAM, is just a fancy data tracking device, designed to keep you online as much as possible, under the watchful eye of Big Tech. This is how they make money.
Keep Your Phone, Change Your Social Media
Our app Manyone Mobile offers a new, self-sovereign approach to social media where people can hold totally private and secure communications, and share with whom they choose—no third parties. We understand that people will never give up their smartphones, but why not take control back?
We are working to move people away from the corrupt wasteland of centralized social media and introduce them to a decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) platform where data is controlled, owned, and distributed by the data creator (that’s you).
We are about to start testing Manyone Mobile thanks to the launch of the Manyone Builder program. If you are interested in learning more about Manyone Mobile, sign up today to test the app.
Here’s to using our phones with purpose and taking back control of our data!