Sometimes it is good to just step the fuck back and take a look at the basic situation.
What is Social Media?
It is the conglomeration of websites and concurrently their apps that offer their “services” for free in exchange for all of your demographic information and control of your computer and phone.
Their “services” are the so-called sharing of original pictures/video and comments, or other peoples pictures/video and comments.
Everything else is sort of window dressing.
“Liking” or “sharing” or “hearting” or “frowny-facing” or “retweeting” is just adding a few little layers of complexity over those basic facts.
Each of these applications has a feed of other people’s pictures/videos and comments that we consume.
So in exchange for the ability to share our shit and consumer other peoples shit, we offer all of our relevant demographic information to the corporations that run these “Social Media” apps and sites.
The real question is, why do we want to post our own shit and consume other people’s shit all day long? Why have these sites proven to be the most successful use of the combination of computer and internet ever devised?
There has been a number of studies on this subject, but in the end it ends up that these sites manipulate our body chemistry much like any other drug. So, in essence, they are an addiction in no way different then coke or cigarettes or whiskey or heroine.
But unlike these other drugs, we can use our little morphine drip all day ever day and suffer no societal consequences at all, other then the gradual destruction of our real sense of self and meaning in reality.
Social Media is a cleverly curated parlor trick, but in the end it is a drug that kills any real meaning that we can derive from our real lives.
I can already hear the basic retorts: “It provides connection to friends and family, it helps me feel less lonely, it gives me a sense of calm, I can share my thoughts and pictures of my travel.” All of these are true in some sense, but they are also not true. Real connection takes place in the real world.
Real things happen in the real world. Social Media is a junkie’s palace dressed up like a hotel.