I’m dating a robot 🤖Attachment theory & social media algorithms

Ariel Meadow Stallings
6 min readJan 18, 2023

Over the last few years, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about attachment theory, and how attachment issues play out in adult relationships. For those unfamiliar, here’s an excerpt from my book From Sh!tshow To Afterglow introducing the concept:

Attachment theory was first developed by Mary Ainsworth and John Bowlby to describe infants’ tendencies to frantically cry, cling, and search for their caregiver if separated. In the ’80s, researchers started applying attachment theory to their studies of adult relationships…

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Ariel Meadow Stallings

I'm a product manager at Medium, but I'm also a whole-ass person living my life: author, publisher, dancer, Seattleite, mom, and just a human humanning.