Is There Social Stress In the Metaspace?

This interesting article about social ranking in non-human primates and the resultant stressors -- or lack their of -- made me think about the very really possibility of stressors caused by online interactions in the Metaspace.

From the article:

[there is] a link between social status and genetic regulation in primates on a genome-wide scale, revealing a strong, plastic link between social environment and biology.

Since human primates, in other words the animal Homo sapiens, are equally affected by social status in the Meatspace reality, could the successes and failures that individuals have in cultivating relationships in the online world be having an similar affect? After all, the Metaspace realm has a growing number of indicators of social status: number of followers; number of circlers; number of comments; Klout score; number of retweets, shares, likes, and +1s.

Is the evolutionary reality of in-person, group social status pervading the artificial realm of online social networking? Do we need to start thinking about Metasocial stress? I believe that the answer is yes.

What do you think?

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