Islamic Perspective on Social Media Technology, Addiction, and Human Values

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Talat Zubair
Dr. Amana Raquib

Abstract

This paper discusses the design features deliberately used in social media technologies to cause behavioral addiction, while outlining how this addiction leads to altering, reshaping and redefining of basic human values such as contemplation, well-being, mindfulness and connectedness that bring about social, psychological, cultural and ethical changes in human existence. The paper sheds light on how the altering of the human value system goes against the values and principles of Islamic law by citing Qur’ānic verses, prophetic traditions and teachings of Islamic scholars. Currently, there are no frameworks, laws and/or strategies that view social media addiction from a metaphysical perspective and in terms of human worldview and existence. Hence, as a solution, our paper introduces an ethical framework for designing social media technologies using the objectives of Islamic law that discourage a social media design with indefinite ends and encourage a design methodology with well-defined objectives and consequences.

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How to Cite
Zubair, Talat, and Dr. Amana Raquib. 2020. “Islamic Perspective on Social Media Technology, Addiction, and Human Values”. Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization 10 (2). https://doi.org/10.32350/jitc.102.14.

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