I’m still getting used to this new paradigm of making friends and connecting with people. I guess you could say that I’m old school, and up until recently, I didn’t realize how heavily I relied on meeting up with people in real life.
The internet connects us all but also diminishes the ability to connect on a deeper level, something about looking in someone’s eyes and feeling the energy they are pushing out is difficult to replicate digitally. Perhaps. Maybe it’s different for kids who have grown up with the internet.
It’s interesting to think about people like my grandparents, people who know about the internet but don’t use it and therefore don’t understand what it is and how essential it feels in modern life. There’s a certain romantic simplicity about not being online (or put another way, not feeling obligated to be online / make a living digitally.) And I say this while simultaneously am someone who loves technology.
I am excited about apps like Clubhouse and other new ways of connecting through audio and/or video.
Being intentional and genuine are universal and will help you create thriving friendships, no matter what the context.
I find it both exciting and overwhelming to be so connected to anyone in the world (and I do my best to focus on the former.)
I think like most things, it’s all about moderation and making sure you are giving yourself what you need, not just constantly staying connected.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1195