The Age of Facebook Has Given Us So Many “Friends” – Why Are We Still Lonely?

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A while back I met with a mentor to talk about a relationship I was in at the time. I remember telling him how afraid I was.

Nothing was wrong with her or with our relationship. In fact, everything was good. Which is why I think I was so afraid—afraid that I’d get hurt.

You see, within this relationship, I wasn’t relating so much as I was performing, working so hard at presenting the perfect, most ideal version of myself. I was afraid that eventually she might see me the way in which I then saw myself. And so out of this fear, I ended the relationship.

I ended the relationship because I wanted the intimacy without the possibility of rejection or hurt.

Sound familiar?

The Curse of Controllable Friendships
In today’s world, many of us find ourselves oscillating between our need for attachment and our fear of rejection. We so desperately want to be with someone, but are scared to get too close to anyone. So in response, we keep everyone at a safe “controllable” distance, where they are close enough to kind of know us, but are far enough where they can never really hurt us.

Social media provides the perfect platform for this. We have the ability to edit our Facebook profiles, proofread our texts and post photoshopped “selfies” where the risk is seemingly minimal. What we’re not realizing though, is that the reward is temporal and the cost is extremely detrimental. In this age of Facebook, it’s never been easier to get the feeling of being accepted while not having to risk vulnerability and the possibility of being rejected.

We’ve become a generation that prefers Netflix to dating, texting to talking, pornography to sex and being liked by many instead of being loved by few. As a result, so many of us are finding ourselves to be and feel as if we’re surrounded by people yet still alone.

It may seem obvious, but it bears restating: Living life to its full can’t happen when we never let anyone in; it can only become a reality within the environment of safe, healthy, authentic relationships that allow us the space to be vulnerable, to be ourselves.

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SOURCE: Relevant Magazine
Andy Gill

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