Social media has existed long before Facebook or Twitter, whether it's the creation of the telegram or the golden age of the Pony Express. Turns out that even from the earliest point in time, we're just really nosey.
In episode four of her groundbreaking web show The Future Starts Here', acclaimed filmmaker and creator of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain looks at the emergence of modern social media and how it could look in the future.
Much like plants conduct photosynthesis so do us humans feed on social interactions. Pictures are our sunlight while friends are the nutrients we use as a foundation.
How will this relationship with the social world change when everyone has a virtual reality headset in their house? Shlain looks at the good, the bad and the ugly side of social media.
Check out episode four, above. Check every week for new episodes until December.