Getting High On Facebook's Supply

Rian van der Merwe:

And then I realized that I feel like that all the time on Facebook. Guilt, anger, envy… Those are the emotions that fuel activity on most social networks, but perhaps Facebook more than the others. They're the emotions that make us share/like/comment on things. And then I thought about our Europe trip, and how much I long for that time before we became obligated to carry the burden of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of every single person we're connected to online. It's what Frank Chimero once called "huffing the exhaust of other people's digital lives."

Social networks are slowly devouring all of our memories, as der Merwe so poignantly points out: if we don't post it, it never happened.