Social media readily encourages grandstanding.

Its setup is geared toward pursuing with the in-group, but the interaction is so hollow the in-group value one can pursue favors virtue status over successful status, as nothing on social media particularly rewards usefulness/competence (without going to extreme lengths, anyway). What’s left is virtue status, where dominance behaviors are easier and better rewarded than pursuits of prestige. Discourse on social media is therefore naturally driven toward toxicity through little fault of its participants.rM5

  1. Brett & Kate McKay, “Podcast #734: How Moral Grandstanding Is Ruining Our Public Discourse,” The Art of Manliness (blog), August 23, 2021, (See notes.)