Sunday, May 05, 2019

Gathering Too Many Rosebuds

I used to be jealous of the kids who grew up after me. They had access to the internet from their developmental years. They never had to know what it was like to grow up unable to communicate with friends almost any time they wanted. They never really had to feel alone. At least, that's what I thought.

That isn't the case, though. The generations after mine are probably the loneliest to ever exist. Before this near universal access to the internet we have now, not having constant access to friends made friendships seem more important. It was a treat when you could actually hang out. You were excited to find out what they'd been doing and to tell them what you'd been doing. I see these young people, now, even in the company of others, looking despondent. They appear to be with friends or loved ones, yet they still seem lonely and bored.

I feel sorry for them.