So many disconnected lives

November 8, 2018

Over the course of my lifetime, I've met a lot of people -- and even more specifically, made a lot of friends.  From elementary school in Matawan, NJ to middle school years in Harrisburg, PA to high school in Medford, NJ to college in Gettysburg, PA to a good number of years of adulthood so far in Philadelphia, PA.

 

And with the existence of social media, and the internet more generally, I'm surprised by how little people are actually in touch with one another.

 

On the one hand, I feel like that's probably the way it always was -- prior to the internet, once a life stage passed, most of those contacts were left in the past as well.  In many ways, it's good to leave the past behind and live in the present.

 

On the other hand, with the ability to reach someone at the touch of a phone, but so many rarely doing so, it seems like we're all a mass of disinterested and disconnected individuals, mostly using social media to either show-off or keep track (i.e. stalk) other people.

 

I feel like the great majority of people I'll never see or hear from again.  It's both weird and it's sad.

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