The best social media control for me has been deleting it from my phone. I can still access it on my iPad or computer, but I don't find myself scrolling without making the conscious choice to get on anymore, and I don't stay on nearly as long on my less portable devices. My time on social media has dropped drastically and most other aspects of my mental and emotional health involving patience and focus have improved quite a bit.

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THere exists a phenomenon which we can legitimately call in organisms with brains, "cognitive", which refers to the basic evolutionary nature of brains: retention of sensory events and associating these with interoceptive, proprioceptive, and subsequent sensory events.

The concept of "learning" , then, doesn't really difer from "TikTok Tourette's."

Limiting ourselves to the modularity of animals here, we are biased toward both sensory and motor activity to seek (or create, in the sense of inserting ourselves to discover likely useful resources) ANY possible social & therefore resource Niche.

The proliferation of novel information occurring on the internet (a rather complex issue, as we can both access real resources as well as the illusion of new social affiliations - which can also become, with pursuit real individual and group affiliations!) opens , more than previous recent fictions like "dungeons & dragons", and other games played through communications links, delusory worlds.

Whether via Zoom or in less mutual delusory presences, one is NOT in actual sensory contact. The brain cannot register or evaluate ALL the normal component signaling occurring via screens.

Molecular sensing, of hormones/pheromones (see the copious literature on sweaty t-shirt evaluation of attractiveness as a single example), or brain registration of environmental cues (heat, and so many cues involving relative time, exteroceptive & the interoception of the various cutaneous neural signals are just a few. Interaction options are limited in these false settings: there's no real option for mutual self-modulation through, for example, deciding to eat together, an action that fosters synced change into parasympathetic states).

Our brain searches for essential , vital cues, in order to predict better , more likely subsequent and more distant probabilities.

So, this medium is bound to lead to evaluations less connected with reality.

Yet, as humans, we have a limited universe of responses. . In comment I can't really d more than sketch any of the factors. But anxiety is a motivator of our evolved desire (or Necessity) to resolve arousal.

Living in large dense groups, as Robin Dunbar looked at for decades now, promotes anxiety. Due to our brains limitation on evaluation of more than a limited number of others, failure to resolve, to learn and interpret accurate signaling of other individuals, does lead to assessing others in a sterotypical, heuristic fashion.

brains are always attempting to reduce experiences to simpler heuristics, and largely conservatively correct those heuristic distillations.

Whether dancing in a small group to assuage distress/anxiety through establishing soothing social entrainment, or imitating to achieve the same end (and REMEMBER, imitation is how we learn from infancy, to establish relationships likely to promote survival and the protection that social ingrouping endows).

This is the ancient goal of niche-seeking, with only its human social aspect sketched here.

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