How Hobbies Infiltrated American Life - The Atlantic

Theoretically, hobbies should be among the most intrinsically motivated things we could do—they are the work we choose to do when we could be doing anything. But the validation we get from others online, and the validation we get from our culture writ large for spending our free time in a productive, virtuous way, muddies that motivation.

A brilliant essay, specifically this snippet highlights a key issue that social media platforms foster, something that I had written about recently.