The Innovation of Loneliness.
This video articulated a lot of what I’ve been thinking over the past few months. The effects of not merely this thing called the online social networking, but technology in itself and the detrimental qualities it possesses. This video argues that loneliness has become the common ailment of the modern world due to the glorification of individualization. This online world has only perpetuated the realm of personal achievements, wealth, self-image, and consumerism. People have traded the art of conversation for a mere connect-the-dot-connection. Ultimately causing LONELINESS. Social networking has created an incredibly laughable paradox where we have over 1000 friends on Facebook but not many true meaningful ones in our personal lives. Online social networking has demeaned the meaning of friendship and has made our lives much more about self-promotion. In essence, we have become obsessed with ourselves:
"Wow, I look so good today so I’m gonna show everyone. Look at how much fun I’m having right now. My food looks so delish. OMG! I just saw Justin Bieber. Which one makes my legs look good? How many likes will I get on this picture? Insti that. Hashtag this."
Isn’t this true though? We are all culprits and victims of this scheme in innovating loneliness. In a sense, we’ve never made being lonely easier than we have now. The scary part is that it’s so ingrained in our digital generations that it’s actually changed the way we think and act. It has become even more natural for us to choose mere connection over deep conversation because it’s safer and easier.
So now what? Do we point fingers at Mark Zuckerberg or the other smart guy in the room, get rid of the entire online social network, pack up our bags, and have entire cities move to the mountains in order to restore meaningful conversations and rid the world of all loneliness? Obviously not.
Step one is to merely be aware and acknowledge that this is a real problem. Just like any good thing in this world, when abused and used for selfish gain, it can cause more harm than good. Step two is to look up from your technological device and take a look at the people around you. Step three, I think that somewhere deep inside all of us, the desire to be the relational creatures we are will surface and handle the rest.