By now we all should have at least heard of the Netflix Movie "the social dilemma". In short, it's a documentary on how social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Reddit and YouTube are optimized to be addictive, so that they can make more money, by showing us even more ads.
“If something's free then you aren't the customer, but the product."
So, what if there was a social media platform that you would have to pay for in order to use it?
According to this article, people would be willing to pay up to 5$ a month to use facebook + instagram.
So the question is, do you believe it to be worth investing time and resources on building such a platform?
Here are my personal Pro's and Con's, I'll gladly add yours as well:
+It's the goal of the Platform to connect you, not to get you addicted
+Content could not be regulated by advertisers.
-Hard to get paying userbase
One last remark, this platform would only solve half of the problem. People could still get addicted, younger users might still define their self-worth by the amount of likes. But it would be a much more private platform than anything that exists at the time. If you have any interest in helping bootstrap such a site, please do leave a comment.