Let me begin by saying that Facebook’s Crisis Response sheets done a lot of good. They are a locus for subscriptions and offerings of improve. But that said, for the enjoy of humanity, when something bad happens, please stop marking yourself safe on Facebook.

They don’t mean to prey on our feelings. They mean to assuage them. But all they do is strengthening the incorrect notion that the world is a terrifying residence where erratic horrid things happen routinely; they deteriorate the problem by attempting to treat the symptom.

Consider, for instance,” The Tornado in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, Canada” several months ago. As a former Ottawa resident I have multiple Facebook friends there. Todd and Jennifer marked themselves safe; but what about Joe? Stefan? Stephane? What happened to them ?

Yeah, they’re fine, thanks, because that region has a population of 1.3 million, and while it is a disgrace that six of them were hospitalized as a result of that squall( which hit Canada frequently) when you do the math you rapidly realize that that is equal to one out of every 216,000 beings. If a single person were hospitalized as a result of an incident in a single municipality of 216,000, would Facebook call on every inhabitant of that city to differentiate themselves safe?

I mean, if Facebook did do that, why, your feed would be a nonstop deluge of Crises from which parties are Marked Safe. The world-wide would seem like a cauldron of terrors, and any unknown much more scary to undertaking into, full of things which might harm you and your friends and family. You would be dreadful of other places, and maybe eventually, almost logically, by increase, people from other residences, too.

Our intelligences are well known to weighed our anxieties based in part on how colors they are rather than how likely they are. So we obsess more about vivid phenomena than actually fearsome ones. Would Facebook call on New Yorkers to celebrate themselves safe if a terrorist attack killed 15 parties in a busy subway station? Of track they are able to. It’s not even a question, is it.

But 15 is less than the increasing numbers of New Yorkers killed in commerce every single month. Is Facebook calling on New Yorkers to tag themselves as “Safe From Cars” every month? Of direction not. That’s a ludicrous conception. But the risk of that is greater than the risk of any granted New Yorker being killed in that hypothetical terror attack.

And- here’s the key- when Facebook asks you to marker yourself safe, and reports that you’re safe to all your Facebook pals, it may increase some specific anxiety in the short term, but it done likewise at the cost of increasing generalized nervousnes — about the world and everything in it — in the long term.

There are of course some disasters so sickening, so immense, so widespread, that this no longer utilizes; where the risk to any individual is indeed much higher than, say, the annual jeopardy of dying in a car disintegrate. If Facebook increased its calls to marking yourself safe to such actual crises, then nothing of the above would apply. Let’s hope that one day they ratchet down their anxiety-inducing algorithm and do only that.

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