November 29, 2021

Luke Burgis, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship, spoke with Big Think about mimetic desire and how the social media landscape influences our desires.

"By definition, mimetic desire means that we’re adopting another person’s desire as our own, usually without even realizing that we’re doing it. Social media has given us millions of mimetic models that we now have to contend with. Some people have gone from having 10 mimetic models to now having thousands, and we haven’t quite come to grips as a culture with what that means for our mental and emotional health."

Watch the full video, "Social media addiction – how it changes your brain."