Agreed. And that position of vulnerability to the system is key to perpetuating the pattern. Some are happy being part of the cycle, but societal patterns over the last few years show that a great number aren't happy at all. That being said, to each his own, and some people will genuinely enjoy superficial chatting over drinks more than a solitary pursuit. The problem is that the extroverts have always controlled the yardstick and feel they should impose their preferences over introverts.>>9323953
He never said anything about a divided and solitary population, he just stated that we are conditioned to seek more socialisation than we really need. Compulsory socialisation is more effective as a means to stimulate consumption.
For example, do you know how profitable food and drink, particularly alcohol are? Before the pandemic it was normal for me to spend £75-150 for a few hours of 'socialising' on a Friday night. This type of consumption is based on immediate feelings, peer pressure, and the effect of substances and hormones. Not just that, but society tells you that you should do that every Friday and Saturday to be 'normal', otherwise you are a loser.
I would think long and hard before spending that much on a physical item of 'escapism' as you call it. And in case I get bored of it I can sell it on the used market. Try selling your used food and drink and see what kind of return you can get on it.
On making connections based on nostalgia, there is no proof that making connections based on shared experiences with others is better or worse than making connections based on petty social games, gossip, etc. I am quite sure I know which one most people would rather have.