Things I Like — Social Media

Confession: Some days  scrolling the endless supply of updates is plain old boring.

Humblebrag: Some days housekeeping for your feeds and maintaining your “Expert” status is humdrum.

Truth: But some days brim with genuine connection, shared moments, and emotion contagion that make it totally worth while.

In case you’d like to delve into the mishmash of psychology/computing/marketing/sociology that is social media research, this Psychology Today round-up is a good place to start. The Carnegie Mellon study is particularly helpful to me, as it attempts to differentiate the social capital and emotional gain from interacting and connection and the depression-linked self-esteem-lowering FOMO Facebook-itis of lurking.


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