In a recent article that I perused through, a fairly current study shows that Facebook evokes envy. "We need a new word to describe the mixture of extreme envy and shame Facebook evokes in its users . Multiple studies have shown that seeing the career and relationship successes, vacation photos, and other happy news from the Facebook friends leaves you jealous, depressed, and feeling like a looser, even while your glad that things are going well for them."
Also, I have observed, both by examining myself and others, that Facebook also seems to encourage narcissitic behavior. "We are inordinately exposed to narcissists online, because narcissists have more friends. And as we’ve seen, they tend to post more as well. So while narcissistic traits or the full-blown disorder might be present in only a few percent of the population, we encounter many times that share in our news-, Twitter-, or Instagram-feeds. Facebook’s algorithms may skew that even further, as the rich (those most popular and able to garner more attention) may get richer. The online environment is skewed towards narcissism. Social media can thus be the narcissist’s wheelhouse, and once we’re in the wheelhouse, we may all be nudged towards narcissism and self-promotion, nudged towards the wild wheeeeee! of me."
The corrupt powers that be, the psychopathic elite, you know they just Absolutely Love that social media trends toward building narcissitic behavior patterns. When we are focusing on ourselves and fueling our egos by "creating our brand," for instance, there is less energy focused on unity building behaviors that would benefit the universal whole. For example, acts such as collectively planting gardens, cleaning up the planet, or most importantly, coming together to further expose the corruption in our current system and enacting policies/actions of true change, which is most definitely a group effort that falls a little bit more to the wayside when we are spending endless hours on Facebook chasing likes. By manipulatively propagating a culture that is more concerned, and actually rewards the more base aspects of the human psyche: self-image, name, fame, competition, and longing for money . . . it just seems like yet another diversion tactic utilized on the enslaved citizens by an elite class hell bent on keeping their power. I am appreciating Facebook users who use their pages to get ideas out there that support disclosure and post, as of right now, 'radical' information that encourages the waking up of the masses, rather than focusing on themselves.
I am doing Instagram these days, as a visual artist, am appreciating more of a focus on imagery. However, have made a point out of not following anyone who has an entire feed full of mainly pictures of themselves ! Feel goods to actually spending more time making art and meditating instead of chasing likes on social media.
I am ready for the age of the selfie to come to a close and the age of unity consciousness to fully arrive. As the people wake up to their reality of their unseen shackles . . . hopefully then a selfless shift will happen more fully, as we will be forced to join together in order to take back our power !