The brain is elastic. It acts as a fortified dome yet gets easily duped into submission. It can be excited, bored, and fearful all at the same time. The brain can also toggle between nostalgia and dreams.
Like a social network, the brain uses its synapses to connect the likeliest and unlikeliest of friends. Neurons bloom. The opportunity to meet or follow new people lights up the brain masking the task at hand.
The Internet makes it easy to avoid here and now, to live vicariously through data rather than through touch. People interconnect but hide behind a screen of invincibility. Everyone hyperbolizes their true physical self.
The ability to self-promote and receive “likes” through fabricated stories glues every one of us to each other, making it impossible to let go. Reality is less addicting than it’s ever been.
(added to The Future of Social Media series on Medium)