Addicted to Ourselves

I remember what it used to be like to not carry around a phone everywhere I went. There would be a party or event and you would just go. You would show up and talk to people, interact, and heaven forbid make friends.

Today however, not just kids, but older folks have become obsessed with having sharing their experiences. The ironic part is that it’s not about the experience at all.

What we really care about is sharing with as many people as possible even if that means sacrificing the current moment to do it. Look at me here, look at me do this. We seek approval from a mass audience of loose acquaintances we call friends on social networks.

The likes pour in and a rush of adrenaline and dopamine go straight to the brain encouraging us to do it again and again even if there’s nothing particularly interesting happening.

Our phones go everywhere with us and the notifications steadily pile in on a consistent basis. It’s now common for people in the same room to ignore each other and be completely absorbed in their “social life”.

With all time spent there must be something truly important or valuable right? Yes, social media has allowed for information to be shared instantaneously across the world, people to organize around causes, and connect people that would have otherwise never met.

That’s a great thought but for most of us it looks more like this:

We spend hours on Facebook uploading photos of places we’ve been and editing our life’s story so it best fits how we want others to see us. On Instagram enhancing images to make the perfect photo. At the same time we use apps like Snapchat to send photos and videos back and forth sharing only a few seconds.

We’re so obsessed that we disregard other people’s safety while driving just so we can send a text.

How did we get so careless so fast?

 

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