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    Consider a reputable VPN like Freedome.

    This is helping me keep my data private from facebook how?

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      I’m also a bit confused. How exactly does Facebook track me once I’ve deleted my Facebook account?

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        cookies, cookies, cookies. Loads of websites “integrate” with facebook, either for login, or for the big like button, etc. Facebook slurps down oh hey you visited poopydiapers.com, cool beans!

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          Thats why you get a browser extension like privacy badger which blocks all the facebook integrations.

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            I agree with you.

            I like Cookie Autodelete myself: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookie-autodelete/?src=search

            it even does localStorage data now too(mostly)

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            Ah I see. I figured it was cookies, but didn’t know you were tracked through facebook integrations without being logged in. Regardless, I’ve got all their addresses mapped to 0.0.0.0 in my hosts file (using this repo). Thanks for the answer to the naive question - my programming background is as a non-CS academic.

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            Many web pages include their retargeting js or like button js. Facebook can track the IP and cookies associated with those page loads. A VPN might help against IP tracking, but not the cookies.

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          Given that the book was published about 8 years ago, it would be really interesting if you had considered whether the claims have held up.

          Glad you enjoyed the book, at least. :)

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            Thanks for the feedback! I agree - it would have been a good idea to make more of a comparison. The book makes a few different types of claims. One set of claims can be summarized as “Internet-based firms have a greater capacity for acquiring attention than previous media firms”. We can intuit that this is still the case and only getting worse, but to say more precise things would - I think - require data on changes in Internet time use which I don’t think anyone has outside of the big Internet firms.

            The more meaty claims are those regarding whether the Internet is affecting our brain. To be honest, I struggled with the parts of the book dealing with neuroscience, because I don’t have a good mental map of how the brain works. So, it would be hard for me to evaluate if that claim has held up. One of the takeaways I had from reading this book is that if I really want to pursue the subject of Internet addiction, I’ll have to take a step back and read some sort of technical, layman’s primer to neuroscience.