I think the rise of social media is definitely correlated with the rise of narcissism in our society.Our self-esteem depends on how many likes we get, how many followers we get, if someone texts us back.But then you kind of realize that you’re all going through it.
I do think we’re all kind of in this big, worldwide reality television game.
who now works on Wall Street, talked to TIME about how social media has shaped her generation, digital breakups, people who check their phone during sex, and what it’s like to Google yourself when you’re an ex-reality show star.
Read the review of You say in the book that you’re always thinking about text messages when you’re doing something else.
When you’re on your phone thousands of times a day and goes to zero, it’s an out of this world experience. But then after a couple of days of this anxious feeling, I started calming down a little bit.
I saw things on my street that had probably been there for years but I had never seen before because my head had always been down in my phone.
[In her book Stolz cites a study that found college students are 40% less empathetic than they were 30 years ago, thanks to on-screen interactions that make it easier to say mean things and act before considering the consequences of our actions.] You talk about a breakup that you had that was induced by Twitter, texting and Facebook.