From various sources regarding the Psychology of Social Media–
“In order to take the selfie, there must be something lacking from your present situation, like -are you lonely and seeking some kind of validation from the web?”
“It’s just an echo chamber, it indulges all your most narcissistic fantasies-you put something up and get a hundred likes and you’re like, “Wow, a hundred likes”, but actually that’s not that many people!”
Sadly, we have been conditioned to believe that if we didn’t post it, it didn’t happen.
“It’s because we seek validation. We always want to feel wanted and accepted; nobody wants to feel like they don’t belong. It’s because we’re humans.”
“You’ll learn that nobody cares about what you have for breakfast or how you’re spending your Friday night; cause it’s the truth. They don’t care about your personal details, you just give them access to see them.”You have a brain, it gets exhausted from meaningless interactions with several people.
“The endless social media feed pulls your attention in a thousand directions with a million different posts. Even if any of those posts might be valuable, the sheer number of them clutters the mind.”
“I can bet that you are weakening your empathetic muscles, which require frequent in-person interaction (or training) to decipher facial gestures and non-verbal cues. Instead, if the only emotions you notice are the emoticons in your text messages, then it is both unnatural and tragic. This is probably the reason for the depression epidemic we are witnessing, especially among millennials and Gen Z, because they don’t feel connected to anyone.”
( regarding going off social media)”Unless you are a small celebrity/writer/blogger, nobody will notice your absence. This is not because you are unimportant but because most people are too self-absorbed to care about what you are doing. They only care about how they are being perceived. Save yourself from this misery before it’s too late. “
“In this sense, popularity on social media is, in fact, the polar opposite of popularity in reality: while real-world adoration is something to be craved because it opens doors to parties, sex, career advancement, social capital and all sorts of pleasures, on social media it becomes a cage, trapping us online because the things that make us likable in the digital realm sometimes don’t exist beyond it.”
“INTERNET COMPETITION IS BRINGING US BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL. TIME TO GRADUATE”
Who needs actual athletic, personal, or academic accomplishments, when you can feel the real pride that comes from having your selfie earn a one-minute spot on Instagram’s front page!
“some followers are not even real humans but rather BOTs, otherwise known as web robots. These followers don’t exist at all, except as lines of computer code. They are in fact computer programs designed to behave like humans. Such lines of code pump up someone’s followers number, which then makes it look as if they are more popular. And here’s where it gets really high-school-ish: Other people then follow that person because they think he or she is popular. The emperor not only naked, but downright mad!”
“The values I consider important may be irrelevant in 10 years. Perhaps by then, “followers” will come to mean something entirely different, and take on a profundity we can’t yet imagine. Perhaps there won’t even be a private, internal self left to consult with on what is important, and all that will remain is a universal, internet-based selfie.”