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January 5, 2015

Once upon a time, many and many a moon ago, internet interactions between individuals relied on basic, pretty stripped of functionality, direct instant messaging. This allowed for direct personal connections to be formed between people. People would send each other messages which they knew were RELEVANT to the other person. Because, they knew enough about the other person to know what that other person would be interested in. There was accountability from person A to person B for the information that was being shared between the 2 individuals.

I, being interested in space, galaxies, stars, and many such things, knew that friend A also liked space, galaxies, stars, and all such things. So the 2 of us would share thoughts, photos, and articles about these things and interact with each other about our thoughts related to these things.

I, also being interested in corsets, boots, and many such things, knew that friend B liked corsets, boots, and such things. So we exchanged links on awesome corsets, boots, and the like. Because, we had this shared interest and liked communicating with each other about these things which we both liked.

However, I knew better than to annoy friend A with anything related to corsets, because I knew friend A well enough to know that this friend would NOT be interested in corsets, and I respected friend A's time and our shared interests.

Fast forward into the future, we have 20 million different social media interaction platforms. You would think that with more platforms, we'd be able to create better connections between people, right? Well, because everyone is supposedly responsible for their own information consumption, no one really takes any accountability for the constant stream of nonsense they are bombarding the 200+ people on their "friends" list with. It's all self-centered, an unfiltered stream of things that the one individual likes, without any regard to what their individual friends may actually be interested in, and without the interaction actually being directed to any one other person specifically.

HEY! I AM DRINKING A LATTE RIGHT NOW! EVERYONE SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THIS JUST IN CASE SOMEONE ELSE IN MY 200+ LIST ALSO ENJOYS COFFEE! NOT BECAUSE I KNOW THIS ONE SPECIFIC PERSON CARES TO KNOW ABOUT MY COFFEE, BUT JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE OUT OF THE 200+ PEOPLE *MIGHT* CARE.

"Sharing posts" is no longer a way to strengthen individual friendships and form true connections between people, it's just a self-centered way to waste other people's time by making them scroll through garbage that they aren't interested in, because, after all, it's not like anyone is obliged to scroll through anything, and everyone is responsible for what they spend their time on.

Why spend any time filtering information to cater to individual interactions, when you can just post everything about everything without limitation and make all this information available to everyone at the same time?

It all just ends up creating an illusion of "being connected" to other people, when in fact, all that is being accomplished is creating superficial interactions void of any real roots, which more deeply just end up leaving individuals feeling isolated and disconnected from individually customized, meaningful, and valuable interactions.
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