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  • I have 422 friends yet I am lonely

  • I speak to all of them everyday yet

  • none of them really know me.

  • The problem I have sits in the space in-between. Looking into their eyes

  • or at a name on a screen. I took a step back and opened my eyes.

  • I looked round and realised;

  • This media we call social is anything but

  • when we open our computers and it's our doors we shut.

  • All this technology we have is just an illusion.

  • Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion.

  • When you step away from this device of delusion

  • you awaken to see a world of confusion,

  • a world where we're slaves to the technology we mastered,

  • where information gets sold by some rich, greedy bastard.

  • A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,

  • where we all share our best bits but leave out the emotion.

  • We're at our most happy with an experience we share,

  • but is it the same if no one is there? Be there for your friends

  • and they'll be there too. But no one will be if a group message will do.

  • We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation.

  • We pretend not to notice the social isolation.

  • We put our words into order till our lives are glistening.

  • We don't even know if anyone is listening. Being alone isn't the problem;

  • let me just emphasise you. If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,

  • you're being productive and present,

  • not reserved and reclused. You're being awake and attentive and putting your time

  • to good use.

  • So when you're in public and you start to feel alone, put your hands behind your head,

  • step away from the phone.

  • You don't need to stare at your menu or at your contact list. Just talk to one another,

  • learn to co-exist. I can't stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train

  • when no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane.

  • We're becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies to engage with one another

  • and look into someone's eyes. We're surrounded by children

  • who since they were born, have watched us living like robots and think it's the norm.

  • It's not very likely you'll make world's greatest Dad If you can't entertain a child

  • without using an iPad. When I was a child, I'd never be home.

  • I'd be out with my friends, on our bikes we'd roam. I'd wear holes in my trainers

  • and graze up my knees, or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees.

  • Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill. See no children outside and

  • the swings hanging still.

  • There's no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple.

  • We're a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

  • So look up from your phone, shut down the display.

  • Take in your surroundings, make the most of today. Just one real connection

  • is all it can take. To show you the difference that being there can make.

  • Be there in the moment as she gives you the look that you remember forever;

  • as when love overtook the time she first held your hand

  • or first kissed your lips. The time you first disagreed but still loved her to bits.

  • The time you don't have to tell hundreds of what you've just done,

  • because you want to share this moment with just this one.

  • The time you sell your computer so you can buy a ring for the girl of your DREAMS

  • who is now the real thing.

  • The time you want to start a family and the moment when

  • you first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again.

  • The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest.

  • The time you walk away and tears, as your baby leaves the nest.

  • The time your baby girl returns with a boy for you to hold,

  • and the time he calls you Grandad and makes you feel real old.

  • The time you take in all you've made just by giving life attention

  • and how you're really glad you didn't waste it by looking down at some invention.

  • The time you hold your wife's hand,

  • sit down beside her bed.

  • You tell her that you love her,

  • lay a kiss upon her head. She then whispers to you quietly,

  • as her heart gives a final beat.

  • That she's lucky she got stopped

  • by that lost boy in the street.

  • But none of these times ever happened.

  • You never had any of these

  • when you're too busy looking down,

  • you don't see the chances you miss.

  • So look up from your phones,

  • shut down those displays. We have a finite existence,

  • a set number of days. Don't waste your life getting caught in the net

  • because when the end comes, nothing's worse than regret.

  • I am guilty too of being part of this machine. This digital world. We are heard but not seen

  • where we type as we talk and read as we chat; where we spend hours together

  • without making eye-contact. So don't give in to a life where you follow the hype.

  • Give people your love, don't give them your "like". Disconnect from the need

  • to be heard and defined.

  • Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

  • Look up from your phone, shut down the display. Stop watching this video,

  • live life the real way.

  • by Gladian

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely

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    Jou An posted on 2014/11/21
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