One of the most befuddling things I witnessed at work is that when the administration told people to upload the COVID app onto their PRIVATE phones, they did. The administration didn’t provide the phones. It didn’t offer to pay the phone bills. Nothing like that.
People willingly uploaded the app onto their PRIVATE phones. They got absolutely no benefit out of it. All the app does (other than tracking your every move and selling that data) is ping when the administration wants you to get COVID tested. There’s zero benefit to the user.
But people easily and eagerly installed this app onto their PRIVATE phones just because the employer suggested it. There were no penalties for those who didn’t do it. There was literally no reason to comply. I mean, it’s my fucking phone. I paid for it with my own money. Who the fuck are you to tell me what to upload? Where in my contract does it say I have to let you into my private phone? What’s next? Do I have to invite the administration into the shower with me?
But once again, nobody coerced people into doing it. They just freely did. The only person I know who found the suggestion egregious was me. People would literally do anything they are told. Simply because they are told. The self-infantilization is intense.