“Communication itself, once mostly collaborative, is now often competitive, with bids for affection and attention. It is also more manipulative — gestures designed to generate a response.”
Just one of many good insights and realizations from “Seeking attention and affection where trolls and cry-bullies lurk“, a very good opinion piece in the Seattle Times.
I guess this is one of the reasons why I’ve withdrawn from certain social media sites, and limited my activity on others a lot; namely, to sharing stuff related to (not just my) photography, the environment, and things that I care about.
Another potential explanation of why I don’t care much about all this is that, as an introvert, attention and interaction are not sources of energy for me; they’re a drain – so thankfully, I don’t feed off of the social media feedback cycle and (have to) enter this competitive type of communication.