How to Design Social Systems (Without Causing Depression and War)

Software-based social spaces can be disastrous for experimentation and reflection.
One reason that private group messaging (like WhatsApp and Messenger) is replacing virality-based forums (like Twitter, News Feed, and increasingly, Stories) is that the latter are horrible for experimenting with who we are. The stakes are too high. They seem especially bad for women, for teens, and for celebrities—which may partly explain the rise in teen suicide—but they're bad for all of us.

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