Americans idolize individuality. We make every effort to differentiate ourselves from the rest of the faceless mobs. Individuality means the ability to consistently be a sovereign person, to freely say exactly what you think and possessing the confidence to always be yourself and never compromise. But is our growing obsession with Facebook actually causing us to blend in, instead of stand out?
All the time people spend clicking around Facebook detracts from new hobbies, sports or crafts we can learn, much less fresh experiences we could be having. Social media has become fertile ground for new studies being done by social scientists. One phenomenon that researchers are finding is that Facebook is starting to make us more alike, and adapt to each other’s traits.
You are the ten closest people you surround yourself with and spend the most time with, you might say. This phenomenon is anything but new. The phenomenon directly relates to adaptive traits; features we adapt from other members of our species, through evolution that help us to survive. This isn’t such an issue when we live in small groups of ten to twenty people or so. However, when there are millions of people on the same network and we find ourselves assimilating to each other’s traits, habits and characteristics, what does this mean for us?