Is obsession with social media metrics a heritable trait?
That’s the fear that led to my latest piece for The Orange Dot, on the growing preoccupation with social media metrics. As I write in that piece,
Thoughtful adults may be able to keep their social media narcissism in check by dialing back their metrics—checking when they see signs that it’s getting out of hand, whether it’s looking at your follower numbers on a daily basis or counting the likes on your latest Facebook post every five minutes. But for young people who are still in the process of developing an individual identity—and who are often subject to tremendous peer pressure—these metrics reinforce the message that external validation is more important than personal integrity, and that peer attention matters more than self-reflection.
Read the full post here.