Many people believe that social media can be a positive force for good in the world, but that we must be careful how we use it. But is there a deeper truth in this technological paradox? Is there an existential crisis brewing below the surface of 21st century society and culture?
Undoubtedly, these digital platforms are addictive, and actually fragment your attention throughout the day – something which prevents many people from pursuing real, long-term fulfillment and goals. The reality is that virtual lives, lived online – are not real at all. They are merely a facsimile of life. The reality is that one of the only really tangible thing which social media platforms do deliver to users are dopamine hits.
While these platforms are sold by billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to a fawning public as revolutionary modern tools which “bring people closer together,” the truth is that social media may be ripping the fabric of human society apart.
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