The new loneliness in the 21st Century
How many of you can relate to this? It’s a Friday night and you are at home texting friends, on your laptop checking out Facebook,Twitter and feeling a bit restless.
You send a text to a friend asking if they want to do something over the weekend.
The friend texts back, Yeah sure, I guess I better get out of my house eventually.
When tomorrow comes you both decide you want to bail and rather do it another time. Neither of you feels like leaving the house.
You evening goes on like the evening before that and each evening before that over a certain period.
This is the new normal. Not talking in person but texting late into the night, playing games, watching movies all on your lonesome.
This is the new normal in the 21st Century.
I must admit I fall into the above category. I am always making plans with my best friend, but always cancel as it just is too much effort and I am happy doing what I do at home.
This is not a life. We forgo human interaction and when we are old what memories do we have? Sitting indoor with the telly, PC or games.
I guarantee you, you will wake up one day and wonder where all the years went. The things you intended to do you never did get around too and now you are older and maybe not capable of doing those things anymore.
It is not normal for human being to interact more with the PC than with other people. This is not how human beings have interacted for centuries.
Technology has changed our lives. It has made our lives easier in some regard, but has also stunted many peoples’ growth in that how can you grow and flourish sitting indoors in front of a machine day in day out.
It’s not a life, actually. We cannot spend our days hunched over a screen forging a sense of human interaction. This is not what we were made for. I can guarantee all your best memories live within the moments with others. Where’s your great memory with the internet? Is this really all there is
The internet and these devices are not wholly unhealthy, but it’s the obsession, the constant consumption, the way it breeds a lack of connection with real people. And, it does breed that.
Can all of this technology be great? Yes. But we’re not using it that way. We’re being reckless. We’re acting like none of this matters, that how we spend our days is not how we spend our lives, but it all matters and how we spend our days is exactly how we spend our lives. It is. It just is.
The richest part of our lives is the part spent with friends, family, a partner living life.
This is YOUR LIFE. It is the only one you have. You do not get a do over if you messed it up the first time around. When you are young, life seems very long, but the older you get you begin to realise that life passes by so quickly.
Young people are killed in accidents, lose their lives to cancer or other illnesses at such a young age. They did not get the opportunity to life their life to the fullest so bear that in mind.
Make the most of each day as you can never know if it might be your last.
Live life to the fullest.