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Social Media's Influence on Mimetic Desire:

Social Media's Influence on Mimetic Desire:

  • Luke Burgis, founder of Fourth Wall Ventures, highlights the concept of mimetic desire, wherein individuals unconsciously adopt the desires of others, often without realizing it.
  • With the proliferation of social media, we are exposed to countless mimetic models:
  1. external (those outside our immediate circle) and
  2. internal (those within our social sphere).
  • This inundation of models can lead to comparison, envy, and a perpetual cycle of desire.


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Attention Management in the Digital Age:

Attention Management in the Digital Age:

  • Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist, delves into the complexities of attention management in today's digital landscape.
  • Our attention is a precious resource, essential for cognitive functioning, emotional well-bein...


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Practicing meta-awareness via mindfulness for Attention Enhancement

Practicing meta-awareness via mindfulness for Attention Enhancement

  • Meta-awareness, according to Amishi Jha, refers to the ability to be aware of the content and processes of what is going on in our minds moment by moment.
  • It involves paying attention to our attention, observing


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"Mimetic desire means that we're adopting another person's desire as our own, usually without even realizing that we're doing it."



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Bonus tips from YouTube comments

Bonus tips from YouTube comments

  • quit social media for good!
  • use a flip phone as an alternative to smartphones for distraction free tech time.
  • Use apps that set time limits to your social media use.
  • In...


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"Everything is being done by teams of engineers to actually capture your attention and keep it there; your attention is the product."



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Managing Mimetic Desire Wisely

Managing Mimetic Desire Wisely

  • Burgis emphasizes the importance of discernment in choosing our mimetic models.
  • While having positive role models is beneficial, it's crucial to recognize the limitations of any model and discern whether their lifestyle or desires align with our values and...


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Absurdist. Failed musician. Successful pessimist. Gamer.

In this Big Think video, Luke Burgis, Todd Rose, and Amishi Jha explore the intricacies of social media's influence on human desires, opinion, attention, and overall mental health.


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