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, because that generates a lot of dominance-driven toxicity and devisiveness. It’s particularly addictive as a primary source of status, where one commands more respect than the real world offers. Anxiety causes ego response. Readily encourages grandstanding.rM1

  1. Brett & Kate McKay, “Podcast #756: How the Desire for Status Explains (Pretty Much) Everything,” The Art of Manliness (blog), November 15, 2021, (See notes.)