Social media allows individuals to create a false sense of reality where their lives seem perfect and flawless, which in reality is far from the truth. We run doctored photos of ourselves through countless filters, creating the illusion of a preferred life. We put up a facade and hide our dismal reality from our peers. It hides our true state of being. It’s been shown that the use of social media parallels many attributes of drug abuse. It provides a constant source of dopamine, the pleasure chemical.
If you receive positive feedback from social media, you’re getting pleasurable effects from it and will be more likely to seek out more social reinforcement.
The freedom to sculpt our realities and the addictive nature of doing so feed into a self-destructive cycle of insecurity, fatigue and stress, depression, and emotional suppression.