Everyone needs attention, like we need to eat. This is not controversial, nor is it hard to understand. But the idea must be slippery, because it will not stick. If we could keep in mind that people need attention, it would change the way we see almost everything they do, from art to crime, from romance to terrorism. And we must. Facebook alone harvests and sells the attention of 1.4 billion people every day. That’s about a fifth of the world. This alarms some people, and it is a big change. But we can’t know what to make of it until we understand what people need attention for… More at The Guardian.
I struggle to look at the likes of Facebook sometimes because it does feel like the majority are pretending their lives are better than they really are. They are projecting an unreal fantasy, but then again do we not do this all of the time anyway?