Does everyone have to be on the same page?

With the ubiquity of “social” media, it seems that our daily lives and personal thoughts have turned into a consistent stream of consumable content, all of which is liked, retweeted, shared, hearted, by our friends, family, and the general public. And with the consolidation of distribution channels, the ratings/metrics we use to denote appreciation for this content start to become ingrained in the psychology of the poster of the content — us. Put another way, I know which of my Instagram posts will get a lot of likes, and I know which will not, so wouldn’t I subconsciously optimize (read: censor) the content I share with friends to perform the best on? Is this healthy, for me personally, and for humanity on a broader scale? Do we all have to be on the same page?

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