My First and Last Tweet of 2014

Shervin Pishevar
Dec 29, 2013 · 5 min read

When I told my kids that I was going off of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for 2014 my daughter responded with, “OMG. That’s so cool dad I wish I could have the courage to do that ❤.”

So on December 31st, 2013 I sent my last tweet before midnight. I haven’t tweeted or posted on Facebook or Instagram since. And do you know what? It’s marvelous. I had forgotten what it felt to be disconnected from constant notifications. And in the place of the cacaphony was a quietness. What it has resulted in was a quieting of the mind. Immediately, I returned to my love of longer form writing.

The signal for what that future will look like won’t come from the established platforms of today. They will echo out of the dorms of today and tomorrow.

Ironically, I sensed the dangers of being connected too much way back in 2002. It was then at the age of 28 that I pondered the future and something didn’t feel quite right. I began writing about what I called the Overtly Present Present: that a new form of stateless disconnected loneliness would arise. Such loneliness and despair wasn’t a new human condition. But our forms of distractions away from that despair had existed mostly in the analog world. Now that despair would be assuaged by digital bits fed through mobile connections. But the soothing would be of a more artificial kind not tied as much to our physical lives. And the cycle would be repeated until we had potentially lost something we once had- a familial connection to others in our physical lives.

    Shervin Pishevar

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    Co-founder Sofreh Capital, Virgin Hyperloop, Sherpa, Webs, JamCity. VC in Uber, Airbnb, PillPack, Slack, Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, MZ, Tumblr, Robinhood.

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