There are no authentic reasons to be anti-technology, or anti-social media.
Of the many fake, un-thought-out (see also: hysterical) reasons to hate on technology, one is that it is narcissistic. Sorry about your techno-hypochondriasis but social media is only undoing decades of this awful damaging thing called “managing your reputation.” Back in the stone age (20th century) reputation was based on an imposed set of cultural values: men were manly, women were good/quiet/inthekitchen, and everyone loved Jesus, Elvis, and America.
This means that no one communicated honestly. You didn’t build a brand, you managed the one you were given by your parents.
Then, the internet was created and shit started to get real (sic).
At the beginning of the internet, people discovered that they could say whatever they wanted and no one could do anything about it [via anonymity]. Weirdos could find other weirdos and bond away from the judging eyes of non-weirdos. Facebook came and people were already used to being at least somewhat anonymous on the internet and getting an instant platform on which to talk about their lives to their social network, without actually having to talk directly to any one person, kept this freedom alive. Cut to 2k10, social media is the “free to be you and me” of the 2k10 generation.
People can talk about anything on the internet. People can tweet about having a miscarriage in real time. Social media isn’t narcissistic in any relevant way because its about honesty. Its talking about the human experience you are having, as it happens, which has never been done before.
Cognitive honesty is the only way we make any kind of progress. What if Newton had been afraid to talk about his opinions? What if he kept a journal and said “apple fell out a tree, wonder why?” Seems like the latter makes progress, the former makes drones.
Rather than try to fit into our reputations, let’s build new brands. The social media world is inherently Darwinistic—if you aren’t interesting, you don’t get followers. The narcissistic thing to do is become a naturalistic fallacy and assume that the old way of doing things (not talking about yourself, putting up/shutting up) is the right way to do things.
Challenge your assumptions or STFU.