Ramblings Writings

thumbs of others

“I needed something–the distraction of another life–to alleviate fear.”
Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park

Here is an edited page from my journal about social media. Of course, this is my subjective experience at this point in time, talking to myself:

Looking at curated stilled moments of fluid lives, trying to avoid something. 

Maybe a feeling, a thought, a sensation, a truth. Beating your senses, senseless. 

Your grip on a fabricated reality that is not even yours. 

How long will you go on, dismissing the person that lies inside of you. 

She wants to be seen by you. 

Yes, by you. 

Don’t search for her scrolling. Or in the smile of strangers. 

She is not there. Nobody is there. 

It’s a grid of illusions. That comes together with good intentions of everyone trying to find themselves in the thumbs of others.



How do you (currently) feel about social media?

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5 Comments

  1. I have mixed feelings about social media, Em. It’s great for sharing info with distant family & friends, but I hate the ways it’s abused and how it has contributed to the coarsening of our discourse.

    1. I do share the same sentiments. I find regular avoidance works for me!

  2. Aside from WP, I really don’t interact with any social media these days… can’t really say I miss it. 🤷‍♂️

    1. WP is great! I should interact less too, I think it would behoove me

  3. It’s a grid of illusions. That comes together with good intentions of everyone trying to find themselves in the thumbs of others. – oh wow. This line is wonderful.

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