The Thrill of Connection Has Turned Into a Burden of Addiction

Do you scroll mindlessly until you discover that nagging feeling of existential dread like a Leprechaunian pot of fool’s gold at the end of a digital rainbow?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how social media has transformed over time. As I was researching for my book, digging into the early history of the social internet on platforms like AOL, Geocities, and MySpace, I was reminded of how novel and thrilling the social internet generally and social media specifically used to be.

The Thrill Is Gone

I stil…

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