According to some, we live in a well-connected world while being lonelier than ever. Now I obviously haven’t conducted a scientific study to verify such a claim. All I have are my observations, and from what I’ve seen loneliness seems to be prevalent.
The internet is wonderful. It opened new forms of communication, new ways to conduct business, and most knowledge is readily available to the masses. With our ability to stay in touch with everyone, there inevitably comes a downside. We take it for granted. We amass friends or followers on our social accounts, but we don’t invest. We say we are too busy, yet binge watch our favorite TV show for eight hours.
From what I can tell, there is a social apathy that plagues America. We want friends and crave to be connected, but at the same time few people want to put in the effort. Yes, with relationships of any sort comes pain. Humanity is flawed and unfortunately this is one of the many tragic results. Some people fear the pain that will come, but the pain is only a small portion and is greatly outweighed by the good as long as the relationship is healthy.
Alone we cannot change the social apathy that is running rampant. We can however change ourselves. We can choose to try to spend less time invested in virtual “friendship” and instead pick up a phone and set up something to happen in person. Despite what we tell ourselves, we really aren’t too busy to maintain a few relationships. We really do need other people (and this is coming from an introvert) because it is how we were made. We all need to choose to be better and do differently. Only then will the sickness of loneliness be cured.