Social Networking Breeds Shallowness

5/28/16. People “like” posts on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Flickr, WordPress, wherever, out of politeness and because they want you to “like” or “favorite” their posts in return…it’s just what people do. It’s like getting liked or favorited adds legitimacy to a post. It’s all very shallow. I am seriously considering considering going off the www and just networking, showing people stuff, and sometimes selling stuff exclusively face-to-face. Face-to-face would be more genuine and knowing if a person really likes something or not is easy to figure out. 
I’m guilty of net-shallowness too. I’ve “liked” and “favorited” things out of politeness when things didn’t interest me in the slightest bit and that’s a pretty horrible thing to do and not a sign of being a good person. 
Over the last 5 years I’ve given away a lot my art books (zines and comics) to friends and co-workers and figured a few days later they would tell me they checked it out and would have some comments or questions….crickets. It was like I never gave them anything at all. This is due to how social networking has programmed us to interact. If we can’t click a little heart, a like, or favorite button, we don’t know what we are supposed to do. 

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