Social Media and Us

Social Media and Us

Oct 18

The results of our intuitions do not always or even often – and for some, less so than others – match those of reflective reasoning. That, combined with the biased summarisation and brevity of social media, is the source of outrage culture; it is what feeds internet tribalism and the inevitable schism of those tribes. Along with physical, geographic separation and varying levels of anonymity, it energises vitriolic out-group acrimony and it motivates and bolsters trolling, which in turn elicits responses  favouring intuition over considered and reflective reasoning, naturally escalating and perpetuating the cycle.

With the wisdom of hindsight, social media will eventually be recognised as one of our most terrible and self-destructive inventions. As a species, we are not emotionally or cognitively mature enough and we are not maturing fast enough to weather it without consequence.

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