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Where did everyone go?
Not outsourcing human connection to Silicon Valley apps
Everyone is talking but the silence is deafening.
Five things to share:
It made me laugh because living in a big city, I’m constantly surrounded by people. Spending so much time around way too many people, how could I still be longing for, craving, wanting for human connection? A small talk about the weather, a chat about grocery prices at the store, a quick vent session about life at the train station? It used to be. The answer came to me just as quickly: Everyone is here, online; talking about the weather, complaining about grocery prices, and venting about life on the World Wide Web. I’m just not there, and it sucks.
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A quote I want to share with you:
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.
— Mark Twain
As they say, cliché but true.
Relationships — all types, not just romantic — are all too often seen as disposable. If it takes more than the bare minimum effort to stay in touch, we melt out of each other’s lives. If it’s not convenient, we give up on ever spending time together. If letting go is easier than holding on, we let go. And it usually is.
Letting go has become so easy. We’re all drunk on options. People become static. They become the noise we try to drown out. We’re swamped with little rows of profile pictures, reducing people to still images. And we forget that they too sometimes wake up at 3 am scared about where their lives are going, and sometimes don’t recognise themselves in the mirror, and have tiny things that bring them inexplicable joy, and have hopes and dreams and fears.
A question for you: What efforts will you make to not outsource your human connection to Silicon Valley apps?
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