On Community and the Internet: Silver Surfers Beware

What’s the difference between a sad man and a happy man? The sad man is lonely, while the happy one has a few good friends.

It’s so easy for us to think that joy comes from the amount of zeros on our bank statements or the types of brands that we buy. I guess it’s because these things provide a dopamine kick. However in the end, we all know that money and status means nothing in comparison to a close-knit group of friends.

I don’t mean to glorify poverty, only to suggest that people are always more important.

Today its very easy to feel alone. The internet, instead of bringing us closer together, has in many ways amplified our differences. This is to say, things like Facebook and Instagram are more like tools we use to draw comparisons between each other than to make connections. Everyone knows where they stack up on the internet class hierarchy.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m crazy. But doesn’t it seem that way?

Everyone knows that the best way to connect with someone isn’t to send them a DM, it’s to meet them face to face, or at least to give them a phone call. The internet can take that away from us. In many ways, it already has.

I love the internet. I think it’s so interesting and the possibilities are infinite, but is it everything? And if it’s not everything, then what is? I think community is everything. I think that in the future, small groups of social networks will dominate over large ones. Big pools like Facebook will become even more desolate than they are now.

The power of the internet means that you can communicate with like-minded people positively, like a community. The inherent danger is that such groups become too large like a shark pool, and everyone becomes too scared of dripping a little blood into the water.

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