Ideas #193

Feeling less alone

Individuality. What is it? Why do we draw lines between ourselves?

Every day I stare at a screen. We all do. A lot of the time, when I’m with friends, we still stare at our screens.

Do the screens make us feel less alone?

Yes.

But what effect is it really having? How much time are we really spending, on average, conducting interpersonal relations? Talking to people, interacting?

Now, interpersonal relationships develop on an analog and digital scale. If you wanted to talk to someone, in person, 50 years ago, you would have to meet up with them. Now, conversations can be had with people on the other side of the planet via the comfort of your couch.

Much is lost in a digital conversation versus an analog one. Body language, physical touch, micro facial expressions. We can all attest to the fact that with the current technology, digital video conversations are not comparable to analog conversations. Being there, in person, is still the way to the most valuable conversation.

But, we have these devices, the connectors. How can we use them for positivity and benefit?

As we all know, the Internet is full of everything, the good and the bad. So, the idea that by carrying this device, and using it frequently throughout the day, should positively benefit the user needs to be of the utmost priority.

Getting bogged down is easy. And food attracts bears. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we often jump to conclusions.

Less alone isn’t a bad thing, but the important thing to realize, is no matter what, we are all alone throughout it all. The only person who has experienced what you have experienced is you. That being said, friendships, relationships, connections, are the most important things in the world.

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