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On February 27, 2014, the closing “spot price” or current price of silver was $21.24 per ounce. On the other hand, one of the most recognizable precious metals from the commodities market is gold. Gold’s closing spot price on the same day was $1,331.80 per ounce.

The idea of creating a free text-messaging app, depending on different variables of course could be worth millions or even billions. In fact, look no further than the recent purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook for $19 billion.

What does the market of commodities and a smartphone application have in common? They each have value.

In today’s celebrity enriched society, reality shows with absolutely no substance and the thirst for gaining 15 minutes of fame, seeking attention has become the new currency. Attention in this blog’s example is something that has no real value.

Attention is the act or faculty of attending, especially by directing the mind to an object. With a lack of interest from others, it creates what I consider attention starvation. This is an individual in dire need of attention and will do whatever to attain.

If you desire an example of attention starvation, look no further than Instagram. Wait, isn’t Instagram a place to encounter some of the most stunning photos of architecture, fitness inspiration and styling tips? This assessment of the popular photo-sharing service is accurate, however, beneath this is a world of attention-starved males and females.

The women upload semi-nude photos, sprawled seductively in bed and request random strangers to join. When they receive an army of replies, they obnoxiously label the men perverts. Glancing through their photos, it becomes quite a challenge to notice much of any real clothing.

She is attention-starved, perceiving likes and comments as currencies of exchange. Through this reasoning, her perception of worth on Instagram enhances with each photo’s double tap.

Attention starvation isn’t gender biased, because men also hunger for attention. Glancing through their photos, you’ll notice post after post of money–literally. The photos will be of money stacks on their floors, tables and anything else in sight.

Strangely enough, it’s like a match made in attention heaven. The women seek men with their A$$ets and men seek women through their perceived worth. A lady need not flaunt her “goods” to be attractive. A gentleman understands his worth isn’t purely monetary. However, in an attention-starved society, the opposite is true.