I grew up in the advent of social media.
It taught me that people were made up of the facts you could input into a profile — education, likes & dislikes, relationship status, employment…
It taught me to interact through short snippets of thoughtless thought or through embellished images of life’s high points.
It taught me that connection was virtual, that you show “pics or it didn’t happen,” or investigate truth by asking if it’s “Facebook official?”
It taught me so many things that turned out to harm more than help, caused me to label instead of empathize, to perform instead of communicate, to commoditize instead of connect.
So I took some time off. Thought I’d see what the rest of this life can teach me.
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