Writing about the loneliness of social media was an eye-opening experience for me. It was more transparent than I am accustomed to being and, I think maybe, a little uncomfy for you, my friend.
Yet, in spite of or maybe because it is awkward for us to examine closely, I believe it remains an important conversation to engage.
My children think I live a pseudo-life through the computer and frequently inform me I should “get out more”. Of course, as brilliant and on-fire extroverted teens, they not only hold the market on all wisdom and insight (just ask them, they’ll tell you) they are absolutely dumbfounded by my happily introverted reluctance to fill my world with as many faces as possible.
I can easily forget the world around me while enjoying a safe, busy, consuming, and completely imaginary life.
It wasn’t until I became conscious of this little truism, how “I have never been aware of loneliness as I have since the Internet revealed how I should live…” that I was able to see how I had made a critical, blue-screen-of-death quality error.
Comparing the brilliant, Photoshopped, perfectly posed imagery to where I was living….