The New Media
Nazli put together a concise and especially accurate piece regarding social media's impact on our overall sense of happiness.
In it, Nazli lists several responses that we, inadvertently or not, seek out as a means to get our dopamine levels flowing. Statistically, it can be argued that we revere social media for the way that it strokes our egos and provides us with a sense of community, belonging and validation.
My question is - are these worthwhile pursuits in the overall scheme of things?
Is external validation from faceless sources worth the time we spend disengaged with life as it unfolds before our eyes? Is this sense of an online community and being in-the-loop worth jeopardizing in-person interaction? Sure we can balance and we take pride in our harmonization skill - but tipped have the scales really become?
If we want to put a DDI spin on things - are we creating a new mode of consumer insight that's inter-dependent or too reliant upon shared online opinion? We see stock experts everywhere - the few dictating the actions of the many with respect to their own portfolios. Are we blindly following cynical opinions, such as those pertaining to the development of AI or block-chained dangers that lurk ahead?
It seems that social media, in its quest for maximized consumer engagement, is also somehow streamlining thought and opinion because our innate human desires for validation and belonging are being exploited.
Lots of rhetorical questions here - apologies - but maybe it's worth a quick mention that we should safeguard our own thought-processes in the midst of this new media, a media unlike the any we've seen before and a media that has power and control over our intrinsic human dispositions.
For it's an interesting fact that we're only a decade deep in this and have a long way to go before we can even begin to form an understanding of what to expect from here.