In the realm of social media today we are weighing our worth through the "likes" we receive and the number of followers we collect. There are numerous studies about the affect on our brain, our psychology and our place in society and community.
What does it really mean? Are we a collection of "likes" and followers? And how does this impact our real life relationships?
I grew up in the country, on a long dirt road with a shared party line for our telephone. This sounds more exciting than it actually was. We shared a line with 3 other households. We had a small black and white television with un-trustworthy bunny ears for reception. On a good day we got 3 channels with a snow storm of static. Times have changed immensely.
Now I have a smart phone, lap top, and a flat screen television. I question my involvement with these devices all of the time. Do they serve me? Or do I serve them?
We are in a rampant cult of Narcissism. People leave their house and take a selfie (or several hundred to be edited) and play the reward game all day as the approval ratings roll in, and we get a small hit of dopamine every time we get a "like".
Is our involvement and dependency on our social media changing our real life relationships and interactions? Would we offer the same endorsement for an image or a company/business with our words (energy) in an actual conversation with other human beings?
Thousands of filtered selfies give the vain game away for the obviously afflicted.