When you’re regularly viewing other people’s favourite moments of the day week after week — for months, or even years. Psychologically, heck even neurologically, something starts happening.
You start to feel like you live in a world that belongs to all your friends and online connections; you start to feel like you’re a spectator in several different movies, playing at once. You’re like a kid with popcorn hopping between:
- SCREEN 1
- SCREEN 5
- SCREEN 6
- SCREEN 9
Several times a day…. you’re spiking your brain’s levels of dopamine.
These stories make us feel like less of a first-person character. The more we ‘scan’ other people’s ‘stories’, the more we’re checking out of our own ‘story’.
We’re reinforcing a belief that we are spectators instead of creators; third person characters instead of first person characters.