These days, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t caught up in a world of status updates, re-tweets, followers and check-ins. Social media has certainly made it easier for people to connect with each other and share information. And with Facebook boasting more than 900 million monthly users and a record-breaking IPO, the social media space is only going to expand.
The problem is, the fast-paced, instant-gratification nature of social media creates an environment where we often feel highly compelled to broadcast our thoughts and experiences to others. The immediate positive reinforcement that we get (in the form of likes, comments, etc.) makes us want to do it more often. Over time, as this becomes habit-forming, the thought of not being able to share anything can actually cause psychological discomfort and anxiety.
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