There isn’t one day where I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed and not encounter memes with comments such as “I hate people,” “The more I get to know people, the more I love my dog,” “Tell me plans ahead of time so I can cancel ahead of time,” “The happiness I feel when plans get cancelled,” and “Spending the weekend eating pizza to with myself is goals.” I could go on and on, but the message is clear: it seems to me that as a society, we have grown more and more intolerable to other people. Is this a millennial thing? or have older generations also grown intolerable to human interaction?
Not long ago, being alone or seeking to be alone was looked down upon. But now, loneliness seems to be #goals.
I have thought about the multiple reasons to why we have grown so intolerable to these interactions – could it be social media?
When thinking of social media, as we all know, we have grown into a globalized community, where we interact with all types of peoples, seek all sorts of topics, and add/send invites to people who are like minded. Once this interaction fades through aspects such as not liking a post/comment/point of view, we seek to delete/block individuals. On the other hand, the real world is different, as there are instances where we can’t block people out of our lives. This point of view leads a glowingly intolerable interactions, meaning that we seek to avoid people and their complicated lifestyles altogether, and seek to spend time by ourselves, doing what we want to do, and in company of your followers on social media (that counts as company, doesn’t it?)