Virtual life is interesting. It’s a substitute for real, face-to-face, human interaction. I did a job for a while that allowed me to operate in a largely remote environment. I had to be on site, but, I could sit in my office and do the job perfectly well. But, it sucked. I decided to take the time to go out and see people. It’s sometimes a 10 minute walk to the destination. It’s not comfortable. But, the job went from terrible to terrific within a month. I met people and formed real connections.
In this article Mr. Wilson talks about being a social justice warrior on social media. He talks about the dopamine hits (in different words) that it causes and how it feeds a cycle of constant validation. Then he lost his job when the social justice warriors came for him. But, that’s the least interesting part of the article, in my opinion.
This is the reason I decided to end a many months long post drought:
Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture. The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. That’s why I’m delivering sushi and pizza. Not that I’m complaining. It’s honest work, and it’s led me to rediscover how to interact with people in the real world. I am a kinder and more respectful person now that I’m not regularly on social media attacking people for not being “kind” and “respectful.”
The best decisions in my life have all revolved around being “connected” through my phone less and talking to people more. Talking to people is a skill. And, in my own experience, there are a lot of people in the under-30 age group that have never developed that ability. Seriously, being able to see faces and interact as two, or more, human beings is so much more real and rewarding than spitting into the wind online.