This might be a little much for this board. It's a long read, but here are a few quotes, with my own bolding for emphasis. Source "Our lives look a lot more interesting when they’re filtered through the sexy Facebook interface. We star in our own movies, we photograph ourselves incessantly, we click the mouse and a machine confirms our sense of mastery. And, since our technology is really just an extension of ourselves, we don’t have to have contempt for its manipulability in the way we might with actual people. It’s all one big endless loop. We like the mirror and the mirror likes us. To friend a person is merely to include the person in our private hall of flattering mirrors." "Because the fundamental fact about all of us is that we’re alive for a while but will die before long. This fact is the real root cause of all our anger and pain and despair. And you can either run from this fact or, by way of love, you can embrace it. When you stay in your room and rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders, as I did for many years, the world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there’s a very real danger that you might love some of them. And who knows what might happen to you then?" Discussion: So... is technology becoming one massive vanity project? Is humanity as fucked as the Jonathan Franzen thinks? Are the fancy phones and computers just "allies and enablers of narcissism"? Have you seen your life and your relationships change drastically with the explosion of social media? Do you miss a more simple life, where to catch up with someone you had to either pick up the phone of sit down for a drink with them? Do you find yourself getting wrapped up in the superficial "like" world?