Aren’t we more lonely with all the social media?

In the last days I’ve been thinking about social media, online dating apps and all the technology around us which captured my entire generation to touch screens, and I’m included.

Is it really improving our lives?

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.

And I keep thinking about it because it’s also paradoxal for me: I’m a very sociable person – love meeting people and talking about whatever –  and in the other hand I’m also very active on social media (How can you be related to communication and get out of it?!).

But I miss meeting people by chance, getting some beers and laughing about ordinary aspects of life. I started asking me questions such as those below, and I found out that I may be losing the ability to just meet people and have a great time out of the chats. Without pictures and profiles well built only for promotion.

When was the last time you decided to be offline in the ‘dating app’ and met someone by chance in the streets/club? 

When was the last time you haven’t been interrupted in a conversation by notifications/emails/messages on your iPhone?

A month ago I watched again “Before Sunrise”  and after following Jesse and Celine through the streets of Vienna, I wondered how that romance would’ve been with all the chatting, apps, smarthphones , wifi and bla bla bla of our time.

Scene of Before Sunrise.

The characters spent a day together, and it changed their lifes forever. I don’t believe in utopia – although I’m a dreamer enough to admit that I believe some people can change my life, and I’m up to keep meeting those free-spirited folks. I just can’t conceive the idea that I’ll be chatting with them on Facebook instead of having a lunch and walking around the city.

I’m not going to delete my profiles as some people I know did, but I think it’s time to think what’s the impact of social media in our lives and what are the best way to use those tools without losing the contact with the real world.

We are buying the idea of a virtual network where we are never alone and we will always meet people – but maybe, the opposite makes more sense.

Maybe we are more lonely than ever.

“I believe if there’s any kind of God it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.” –  Celine, Before Sunrise


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