In just four paragraphs Caterina Fake exquisitely explains why so many of us love and hate social media. Go read it, it will make you feel better about yourself and make you think.
“. . . social software both creates and cures FOMO [fear of missing out]. If you didn’t know that party was going on, you’d be home contentedly reading your latest New Yorker. But since you do, you hungrily watch each new tweet.”