Isn't that what the internet is all about- being connected? Your single computer linked up to the whole world, hundreds of millions of other people. Everything you do on the web seems to be about communication. Everything you create and upload is because of a wish for others to see and appreciate- if this wasn't the case, why would you put it online?
Members of this site are well known for craving page views and comments. OI think I am not the only one here who draws pictures while imagining the response it will get when submitted. This could sometimes even be the greatest motivator behind hours of work- "people might not like it unless I perfect this last detail..." - I wonder if what drives internet addiction is actually a form of loneliness, a desire to be acknowledged, appreciated, liked? Some make online friends that they may even talk to more than friends in real life, connected constantly by instant messaging programs. People post journals confiding their deepest feelings to the world wide web, when they feel unsafe to say such things to their own parents or loved ones. Many profiles I've seen describe the user as shy, quiet, introverted - maybe they have a need to be with others, talk with people they feel they have something in common with, a need far easier to satisfy online while hidden behind the safe anonymity of the web.
Have you ever found yourself in an idle moment going back to the computer check messages again and again, comments, favourites, watches, likes, reblogs, anything? Instead of being on the internet to share art or music or videos, I wonder if they such people just want someone to talk to them, to like them. Most have friends they could talk to in the dial of a phone number- but why are they so fascinated, so fixated by this online world? Does that unknown person behind that computer screen all those miles of optic fibre away have a certain glamour to them? After all, they could be absolutely anyone. Is it the thrill of feeling you have something in common with someone you have never met? Maybe it's the ability to put something out there that potentially huge numbers of people could see. Is there such a powerful desire to become 'popular' online, even to be almost worshipped by thousands of followers, because one feels mediocre and underappreciated in real life?
I have gotten to wondering whether anything can be done for its own sake, instead of so it can affect, be used, or appreciated by others, which is not merely to satiate the various strange urges of the human body.
Maybe this question is self-contradictory.