Are we social media addicts?
I am. I’m not going to lie. My Facebook account is always open, even if it’s minimized on my computer, and when I’m away from my computer, I bring Facebook with me everywhere I go on my iPhone. You can call me a loser and you can call me a narcissist, but I much prefer “addict.”
Los Angeles-based street artist 2wenty has visually captured our cultural addiction to social media. In this poster (left), we see a Facebook labelled cigarette pack, complete with blue-lined cigarettes inside. The slogan down the side of the poster reads, “because you crave it!!!” a commentary on our digital addiction.
“I make pieces about what’s bothering me” said 2wenty in an interview with LAist. “People are always on Facebook at work and while walking down the street.”
A 3-D version of the Facebook cigarette pack is on display as an installation piece at Crewest’s “Above the Radar” exhibit, a show that focuses on the graffiti and street art. The 3-D version features a mock surgeon general’s warning that cautions: “Facebook may cause loss of time, poor work ethic, obesity, social disorder and possible interference of destiny.”
2wenty likens Facebook to smoking as a means of calling attention to our cultural addictions. But do we want to quit? Although 2wenty’s work demonstrates a pessimistic attitude towards the social network, there’s no evidence that the street artist is against Facebook. 2wenty operates a Facebook page where he regularly posts updates and links to his work, suggesting that— like the rest of us,—he’s also not ready to kick the habit.