I came across this article recently that speaks about dignity and the internet. I thought that it was an interesting take on the issue, and shows how complex this is.
One issue that I have with the article is the use of “the internet” to really mean “popular social media.” When we look outside of these gamified environments, the internet is a safe and helpful place. You can read information, make purchases, register for classes. There is a lot of utility outside of popular internet that is aware of your dignity and status as a real life human being.
Similar to fast food, just because a lot of people eat there, it doesn’t mean that it is a good thing.