But what is it doing to us? I know my perception of time has been totally skewed; something that happened last week has flattened into things that happened in the past, a category that holds everything from that @horse_ebooks tweet to the screening of Black Panther I saw in February in Los Angeles. Flattening current events into a stream means living in a perpetual present, where events are disconnected from their antecedents and where history is counted in minutes and days rather than in months and years. It’s another way the rise of ambient, instant connectivity has warped our perceptions of the world — and indeed, our conception of what the world is. Push notifications have circumscribed the world.
This is also by design. Because social networks are built to maximize engagement, the global news economy — which has again moved to those same platforms — is just another product that boosts time spent online. The churn flattens and packages human lives and human misery into something that’s easy to parse and easy to become apathetic to. Time is different now, and so are we. — https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/25/18111179/facebook-twitter-global-news-engagement-perception-of-time