Is it now harder to connect with people online?
07/06/2017 § Leave a comment
I think it is. I do better with letters and phone calls and emails because they’re direct and personal. I didn’t understand people who think their connections will thrive when they’re shunted to mass audience of political and impersonal dittos and viral memes, but I think I do now. They’re narcissists. “I only care about you as a data point in my audience. You can’t ever point out my slights or imperfections, I don’t even want to know what’s new about you, not if it means losing seconds to telling you about my life.”
I know people are out there, they have lives. How did I go from having friends I could phone and talk to friends who post 15+ times a day on their social media without reading what goes on in other people’s lives, without changing my posse? Has this happened to you? It’s one thing to not log on very often, because of real life and real people coming first, but having real life + real people, then they deteriorate into barraging one-way only posts, and expect to maintain friendships?
Update: It’s hard to share on a platform monetizing from one-way broadcasting accounts, and from proliferating bots. Go to Reddit, Tumblr, Diaspora, IRC, Slack or Mastodon to find real people, or better yet, Meetup.