I know posting this image is unfair: it is so ubiquitous that it is entirely unsurprising.
But I couldn’t help but wonder if the woman is listening to Fear of ghosts by The Cure:
and the further I get
from the things that I care about
the less I care about
how much further away I get…
I am lost again
with everything gone
and more alone
than I have ever been
We all do it. I do it. Endlessly scrolling through irrelevant content, somehow missing the fact that it makes no difference. Again, as I’ve posted before, the content is not important. We do it to avoid other people because we are petrified of having to interact with each other.
In the 2000s I used to hear all the time about “Anti-Social Behaviour”. Now, despite being more connected than we have ever been – whether measured through transport modes and nodes, whether through telecommunication types and interactions, whether measured through the number of people we claim to know – we are also more alone than we have ever been.
That is not a paradox because of vanity: we measure our success in how important we are, how popular we are, how busy we are. The further we get from the things that we care about, the less we care about how much further away we get.