Social media is a problematic way to seek status.
Social media creates status-related anxiety. It’s very addictive because it’s gambling with a primary reward mechanism—everything done there puts forward one’s self-image with a pretty random chance of getting status, or losing prestige, depending on other’s perceptions. It should absolutely not be used to pursue virtue status (0K2E1), because that generates a lot of dominance-driven toxicity and devisiveness (0K2E3). It’s particularly addictive as a primary source of status, where one commands more respect than the real world offers. Anxiety causes ego response 4B6C4C. Readily encourages grandstanding 0K2E5A.
- Status motivation 0K2E.