social needs.

7 June 2011 § Leave a comment

has the internet made you scared to be alone? is that it? is that perpetual feeling of connectedness addicting? how about that pang in your stomach when you hear your phone beep: you’ve got a text message. It’s compulsive, I tell you – that sound goes off, or that subtle vibrate that everyone in the room can hear – don’t be fooled into thinking that’s silent, motorola, and apple, don’t get me started with you – and someone’s hand is going into their purse or pocket to see what sort of business is happening on facebook. oh, did someone tag a photo of you? that’s cute. no, I don’t want to see it. go away.

be human, please.

I’m in that generational gap between the elder, to whom these ideas are new: they did not grow up with them, but they are the ones we gleaned our ideas from, and the younger, who are becoming people of the world fully integrated into the ‘system’ that we fought so hard against. I am of the ‘wouldn’t it be cool if…’ generation. And we’re finding out just how cool it is.

the pancake man on facebook. look at those sad eyes.

Let me tell you something: you’re better as yourself. We’ve gathered up this ideal that we should care what people think about our lives. Is this just defiance to the lifelong lesson that we shouldn’t care what people think about us, that we should be ourselves because that is what we’re supposed to be doing with our time – why waste time being someone else? We’ve only so much of it.

You’re a great person, facebook user. But you needn’t type ‘teehee thanx :)’ to your friend’s affirmation of that when you’re driving and about to hit a moose. Trust me, they can wait.

How did you get here?

Just pay attention to what you’re doing, will you? Analyze everything, and see what you come up with. You might be astounded at what you find out about yourself.


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