Facebook would never put it this way, but algorithms are meant to erode free will, to relieve humans of the burden of choosing, to nudge them in the right direction.
Interconnectedness | Essentially, everything is reliant upon something else for survival. Humans need food, air, and water to sustain our bodies, and trees need carbon dioxide and sunlight to thrive. Everything needs something else, often a complex array of other things, to survive.
Synthesis | In general, synthesis refers to the combining of two or more things to create something new. When it comes to systems thinking, the goal is synthesis, as opposed to analysis, which is the dissection of complexity into manageable components. Essentially, synthesis is the ability to see interconnectedness.
Emergence | From a systems perspective, we know that larger things emerge from smaller parts: emergence is the natural outcome of things coming together. Emergence is the outcome of the synergies of the parts; it is about non-linearity and self-organization and we often use the term ‘emergence’ to describe the outcome of things interacting together.
Feedback Loops | Since everything is interconnected, there are constant (reinforcing and balancing) feedback loops and flows between elements of a system. We can observe, understand, and intervene in feedback loops once we understand their type and dynamics.
Causality | Understanding feedback loops is about gaining perspective of causality: how one thing results in another thing in a dynamic and constantly evolving system (all systems are dynamic and constantly changing in some way; that is the essence of life).
Systems Mapping | Systems mapping is one of the key tools of the systems thinker. Identify and map the elements of ‘things’ within a system to understand how they interconnect, relate and act in a complex system, and from here, unique insights and discoveries can be used to develop interventions, shifts, or policy decisions that will dramatically change the system in the most effective way.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it will be a butterfly — R. Buckminster Fuller
TL;DR? Taking things like content presented at face value on Facebook without considering the concepts above is a slippery slope that much of society is sliding upon. Change the way you think for your benefit & others! Read more about systems thinking.