Getting Back On Track by Monique Gionet

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I recently saw this quote above, on Facebook and my immediate thought was, โ€œhuh, thatโ€™s a nice thought isnโ€™t itโ€.
I think itโ€™s a rare breed of person who has…


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