This is a vital discussion. I wrestle with this addiction myself. For me it’s just the novelty and a mashup of many of the things talked about in this chat. Alienation, insecurity, trauma etc. The problem though, is that once you’re addicted you find new reasons to engage in the behavior. Ultimately it never feels fulfilling though. Sometimes I think the internet is too much for most people to handle responsibly.
Yeah just before it got quarantined the content was golden. I have a theory that I’ve shared with friends of mine that a much better internet is possible but unfortunately that part of the internet is largely hidden from us (you can access it if you’re willing to dig but it’s not going to be promoted in anyway by tech company algorithms). What remains is utter banality.