The Innovation of Loneliness

In a world where we collect friends like stamps, here’s some sense for our social networks. 'The Innovation of Loneliness' illustrates the connection between social networks and being lonely. Today's online world of social networks have resulted in 'friendships that are distinctively decided by quantity vs quality and sacrificing conversation for connection'. Spot on.

The Innovation of Loneliness

With no reading material on board the train home from work yesterday, I found myself flipping through the pages of the free MX newspaper and stumbled across a comment in the ‘Talk’ section that had me thinking, reflecting but most importantly, agreeing with the writer:

“Is it just me but do some of you feel completely alone and lost even when you are surrounded by so many people? Is there anyone out there I can connect with? – E Rigby.”

I’ve heard this statement being said many times before, and I’ve found myself pondering the exact question in the past and present. If I could depict my feelings in a picture, it would look something like this, but I’ve found something even better to illustrate these thoughts and feelings through “The Innovation of Loneliness”.

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.

The number of knowing 150 people is spot on. Intimately knowing 150 people that is. People that you would talk to on a regular basis – offline, not online. The amount of Facebook ‘friends’ you have doesn’t mean anything unless you talk with them on a regular basis – online and offline.

Personally, 100 out of 150 people for me is my family. I really do have a big family. And the remaining 50 consists of my friends, workmates, and odd acquaintances that I see every now and then. People that I want to see to be honest. 50 is a good number but I could easily split that number in half if I were to be completely honest.

I think it’s a sad world that we live in where we are more interested in the number of friends we have on Facebook than anything else. Is the total number really that important? Technology has really changed the way we connect and form friendships. I’m glad I grew up during a time where all these social media platforms didn’t exist and the old school way of talking to someone was via face to face or calling their landline. It’s crazy when I look back and compare the differences.

To answer E Rigby’s post in MX though, I’m with you sister.

Although we are surrounded by people every day of our lives, I always feel slightly lonely.

This video of infographics and data analysis from Shimi Cohen is both evocative and refreshing, leaving you to question the role you play in all the social platforms you’re currently connected to.

Go on, press play.