Disconnected from All Humanity, Day 3: It’s Awesome


I’m not a big dweller (psych; I am a huge dweller), but last week was one of the worst weeks I have had professionally since I “took up” the profession of being a professional fuck-up. I won’t go into detail, but it was a very tough and lonely time — and what I realized, as I sat on my couch sobbing onto the shoulder of my perplexed husband one day (I had just proclaimed that I was out of cereal, which appeared to precipitate the sobs), I realized that my profound, gaping loneliness was not at all assuaged by my frenetic, near-constant presence on Facebook and Twitter. In fact, what I have come to realize for the past few weeks (months? years?) is that rather than making me feel connected to my nearest and dearest, social media — especially Facebook, and especially with its ever more aggressive algorithms — has…

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