Instagram is Making Valentine’s Day Even Lonelier
(Link): Instagram is Making Valentine’s Day Even Lonelier
On New York Times: “A Valentine’s P.S.A.: Instagram Is Not Your Friend Today”
by Margaret Renkl
By now, whatever time of day you read this essay, your Facebook and Instagram feeds are most likely filled with hothouse flowers and lovely hand-dipped chocolates and stories of the funny way two people met, how lucky they are to have found each other, how grateful they feel, on this day of love especially, to be moving through the world together. Such stories can be incredibly sweet, but their cumulative effect is … not.
…Thing is, it makes a lot of people feel awful. They’re already lonely, and along comes Valentine’s Day to rub their noses in it.
Or they’re perfectly happy in their own relationships, but everyone else’s relationships suddenly look happier somehow. Sweeter. Tenderer. Filled with better chocolate.
…But much of the unhappiness engendered by “social” media doesn’t come from its poisonous effect on society. It comes from its poisonous effect on us.
Other people’s beautifully curated Facebook and Instagram posts are no closer to real life than reality TV is, and maybe we even know it, but it still makes us feel bad.
“I don’t know very many people that come away from 30 minutes on Instagram feeling really good about who they are,” the designer and podcaster Debbie Millman told Kara Swisher last week in an interview on Sway.
No wonder loneliness is an epidemic now, and the loneliness of the 21st century isn’t like the loneliness of the 20th.
Now it’s exacerbated by however many hundred — or thousands — of “friends” we have online.
All Valentine’s Day long, it’s love notes and jewelry and heart-bedazzled pajamagrams. All day long, it’s candlelight and candy and flowers thrust under our noses. Don’t they smell divine?
Romantic love is a beautiful thing, but it is not the only way to feel connected, to feel seen, to feel loved. It’s not even the most important way to feel those things.
The fullest happiness comes from a community — a real community of real people.
Whether or not that community includes a partner, it definitely doesn’t arise from an online platform that sows discord and sorrow, an algorithm that only deepens human despair.
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(Link): It’s Better To Be Single, According To Science by Erin Brodwin
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(Link): What Christians Really Think About the Church’s Relationship Advice by Anna Broadway
(Link): Husband-Hunting is the Worst Part of a Christian Upbringing – Christianity Made Me Obsessed with Finding a Husband – by B. Ramos
(Link): False Christian Teaching: “Only A Few Are Called to Singleness and Celibacy” or (also false): “God’s gifting of singleness is rare”
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