Like This Comic

Like I said in this week’s comic, of course the Internet is a great thing—really one of the best things ever, an I mean that quite literally. But still, there is a sort of anxiety it has unleashed upon us. The more we share, the more we are constantly checking back to see if people agree or respond. And when they don’t we wonder why. Then we try harder.

A lot of people might not agree with this. They might say, “Hey, I share online with my friends because it’s fun. I don’t sit there worrying who will retweet me.” And they might actually believe that. But deep inside, they do care. Otherwise they wouldn’t post. That’s the thing—why share something if you aren’t concerned with the opinion of others? And caring requires effort. Sharing requires putting yourself out there to be judged. This is all stressful. Little tiny moments of stress throughout the day. That’s what many of us are doing to ourselves with all this sharing.

Just think about show and tell. What if you came to school, brought your favorite toy, stood in front of the class, showed and telled, and then no one cared. No one paid attention, no one asked a question, no one talked about it after. You’d be one sad kid. That’s what I’m talking about here.

3 responses to “Like This Comic

  1. Bitter Scribe

    Yeah, but there’s the flipside: When you toss off a comment or whatever that you expect to be forgotten instantly, and it touches off a new thread or goes viral or something. I mean, think of the very first person who posted a video of a kitten doing something cute. I don’t know what he or she expected would happen, but it probably was nothing like what did happen.

    • That’s the thing though. When that DOESN’T happen, or at least when a scaled down version of that doesn’t happen, it bums people out. And most of the time, things don’t go viral.

      By the way, Bitter Scribe, you win a 1-year Dustinland Platinum Membership for being the blog’s top commenter. There used to be this guy Tom who had the crown, although he was a bit of a troll. Then one day he decided I wasn’t funny anymore and left. Anyway, you win. What would you like as a prize?

      • Bitter Scribe

        Yeah, I remember Tom. Not too fondly.

        Just keep doing what you’re doing. That’s prize enough for me.

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