Welcome to our most interconnected era where people have instant access to people all around the globe yet feel more alone than ever. There lies the paradox.
Why do we often find ourselves lost in a sea of “friends and followers”? The most straightforward answer lies in our evolutionary development. Humanity has spent only about 10% of its’ known history in city-sized groups, the vast 90% of our time was spent in groups no larger than 200 people.
To understand the effects of such an environment, one need only examine small towns where everyone knows everyone versus cities where knowing your neighbor is a chore in it of itself.
Having now defined the problem, the solution is easier to divine. It is not to run back into tribal mentality because that would not support our reality of a vast global empire. Excluding others and hiding in our shells does not protect or provide us with a thriving society. Neither is staying simultaneously connected to numerous individuals because we lack the time to form and maintain deep, meaningful bonds with such a large group outside of a publicly shared belief.
Our best foot forward is to grow and maintain a diverse support network of family and friends with similar yet unique interests and viewpoints which will serve a healthy perspective of contemporary times. We thus balance our health between mental, physical, spiritual and social. After all, Homo Sapiens’ natural state is one of curiosity and cooperation. As healthy children who play will confirm, the joy of fun is amplified when in a group.
Aristotle said “man is by nature a social animal” some thousands of years ago. Undeniably, the rapid spread of inexpensive communication technologies brings us unprecedented connection to everything on the globe. We must use this tool wisely least we end up being the tool rather than the master.
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SocialCall project manager