Why are we obsessed with the lives of others?

David Hauslaib: I’m not an anthropologist, but I think we’re social beings.  We’re interested in sharing things about ourselves, which you will see on Facebook and MySpace – people tell the world everything – to learning interesting things about other people.  And you know I think . . .  You know from teenage girls sending text messages gossiping about each other, which has blossomed into the Gossip Girl book and TV show; to our infinite ability to learn more about how many lattes Lindsay Lohan drinks in a day, you know I think that’s sort of representative of the fact that now we have this technology to be able to do it.  I don’t think we’re advancing by any means as a . . . as humanity that we’re consuming this information.  I think we’re just doing it because we can and we have this insatiable appetite.

We are social beings.

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