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If a Status Gets Updated But No One’s “Around” to Like It…

“We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible.”
—Stephen Marche’s cover story for the Atlantic on misery and Facebook is a great if not particularly uplifting read (share it on Facebook!), although envisioning how the vampire-Jetsons photoshoot went down takes some of the edge off. (“Like this?” “Can you be … emptier?”) The good news, though, is that the answer is and always has been “simple”: “The greater the proportion of face-to-face interactions, the less lonely you are. The greater the proportion of online interactions, the lonelier you are.” But also: “The more you try to be happy, the less happy you are.” And then: “now we are left thinking about who we are all the time, without ever really thinking about who we are.” So: day drinks?


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