Connected But Alone

We are connected to each other 24/7, 365 days a year now. We know more about each other and we are in contact with more people than at any point in human history.

But what are we doing with this connection?

Eventually, it all becomes noise. A million copy cats, a million people echoing one political view or stance vs another.

We’re saying a lot, but is anything sticking?

Many of us are tied down to social media platforms we don’t even like because of business, fear of missing out or both.

We “like” countless Facebook pages and posts in hopes of reciprocity.

Very rarely is authenticity, honesty or true connection online. By default it is a highlight reel of sorts. A selfish, look-at-me Jerry Springer-esque experience filled with sunsets, babies, dogs, cats, and food thrown in.

With each like and retweet, we feel a little better about ourselves. As if someone really cares or wants to endorse us. But then it all goes away.

A need is created to constantly fill the appreciation or gratification monster inside each of us. And then future generations see this and think it is normal. There is no way to know what the repercussions of this will be down the road but we’ve seen a few indicators: suicide takes more lives than any other form of injury.

We crave connection. To be with others and to know we aren’t alone.

If it keeps going in this direction, we will be tethered to the computer at all times, checking our phones in the middle of the night. Oh wait. Umm..

What can we do about this? Unplug. Turn off the device. Walk away. Find real connection. Sure, it’s inconvenient. But it is what you know you crave.

Real connection is not found on a screen.

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