Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, is making us all a bit weird and self-obsessed, says IA managing editor Dave Donovan.
Facebook is making us weird. I can see it happening. We are all becoming so overwhelmingly self-involved. We need instant gratification — all the time.
We are becoming a generation of "Like" sluts.
Like, we post something on social media, and if it doesn't receive widespread approval, or significant approbation, then we feel a sense of demoralising disappointment — or maybe even shame.
Fortunately – or maybe even a bit depressingly – we have all become so self-obsessed that the chance of embarrassment these days is minimal — because we are all so very unlikely to have been thinking hard about what someone else has been putting into the social media sphere.
I hope I am wrong about that. Such self-obsession can only end badly for our species.
In this the age of self-publishing, it seems we are more concerned about whether our group of friends – or rather, those people we network with that we have mostly never seen before in our lives – have approved of our latest self-revelation.
Do you think I’m funny, pretty, cute, sensitive, educated, smart? Well...go on, love me! Love ME! LOVE MEEEEEE!!!!!!!
I've heard some say that the WWII generation was the "greatest generation" -- for their selflessness, I'm guessing. Now, I think the era of selflessness is officially in abeyance — and will be for some time to come.
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