Alien Authenticity: Facebook "Likes" and the Rise of "Adultescent" Loneliness

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

"Because all forms of social media operate on a continual and instantaneous feedback loop, the human need for validation is perpetually checked and rechecked, throughout the day, every day."
In the first scene of the first season of HBO's new sitcom Girls, Hannah (played by Lena Dunham) is out to dinner with her parents to be "let down easy" with regard to her postgraduate finances. After the last glass of wine is poured, her mother declares, "You graduated from college two years ago; we've been supporting you for two years, and that's enough." Stunned, Hannah rifles off a very funny list of reasons why she should continue to be supported and then finally, exasperated, relents: "I'm so ...

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