What the study really illustrated, then, was a paradox: when it comes to information, sharing is mostly about me.
We love talking about ourselves on social media. We share a lot of what we do, where we’re at, and what we like.
The studies show we’re a bit blind to the selfishness we share on the web. However, some of the shares that appear selfish are also selfless in nature.
We may share an article we think others would also find interesting. Like this one posted here. Or we may post a pic of us on vacation next to a memorial. These types of shares can also serve as teaching moments that inspire the curiosity of others.
The information we share with others varies in degrees of helpfulness. Either way, we’re participating in the world’s forum which is only healthy for the discussion. We all have microphones, and we’re happy for it; not to mention the neurological benefit of synthesizing opinions and expressing them.
In essence, we share because
we get high from being on the receiving end of social media
[The Selfish Meme](https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/the-selfish-meme/309080/)