GQ’s Devin Friedman: Late 30+ year olds doing social media stuff is “kind of like androids having sex”

GQ’s Devin Friedman tries to understand, by taking a visit to Silicon Valley and the Y Combinator, why everyone wants to share so much. He comes up with as apt of metaphor as I’ve seen about the older generation’s befuddlement about this societal shift:

I gave two sites access to my credit cards so I could share my purchases with my friends. I did my best to check in wherever I went on Foursquare. And what it all made me feel, mostly, was stupid. And anxious—that I didn’t have enough people following me and then that I was the kind of person who wants people to follow him. Every update, every tweet, every check-in, ultimately began to feel not unlike doing my expenses.

The experience isn’t unusual. I think old people like me (I’m 38) often do this stuff to feel like the world hasn’t yet left them behind, but we don’t have any natural hunger for it. It’s kind of like androids having sex: We know we’re supposed to do it, but we’re not really sure why. Meanwhile, and infuriatingly, we know that humans just like to bone.

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