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Loneliness is what the internet and social media claim to alleviate, though they often have the opposite effect. Communion can be hard to find, not because we arenโ€™t occupying the same physical space but because we arenโ€™t occupying the same mental plane: we donโ€™t read the same news; we donโ€™t even revel in the same memes. Our phones and computers deliver unto each of us a personalizedโ€”or rather, algorithm-realizedโ€”distillation of headlines, anecdotes, jokes, and photographs. Even the ads we scroll past are not the same as our neighborโ€™s: a pair of boots has followed me from site to site for weeks. We call this endless, immaterial material a feed, though thereโ€™s little sustenance to be found.
Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction