Why we’re addicted to social media

I’m currently reading Solitude by Michael Harris which is a topic that has been close to my heart especially because… well, I am an introvert.

Just a few pages in and I’ve already learned a lot especially on the fact that we, human beings, as social animals (no matter how introverted you are as a person) fear loneliness and the thought of being alone for the rest of our lives. For this reason, social media is engineered to make us feel “less lonely”.

But this isn’t exactly why we are addicted to social media. The fact that most intrigued me was that human beings is addicted to sharing. It’s a beautiful thing to have the desire and even the motivation to do something that is for beyond ourselves. Hence, we empathize or at least feel sympathetic towards people who are on the surface level, “poor” or, people who are going through a hardship and pain.

I mean, we might be well aware of this already.

You’d share your food with someone who might be hungry; you’d share your books with friends; you’d share your story to inspire people.

It only makes sense that everything around us revolves around the call to action—the act of sharing.

However, addiction can never be a good thing. Filtering information is essential. Sharing for the superficial reasons would break our pure intention to share.

I have yet to dig deeper. I’ll share the insights as I go along with this “project”.

 

 

PS/ I've skipped yesterday because I needed to be away again.
So far so good, though. For the first time in a long time, I think I
am getting the hang of writing consistently.

 

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