I think the inability to give and receive positive feedback further undermines society’s ability to form interpersonal relationships of any meaning. We all then become ultra-superficial as a means of self-protection and erring on the side of caution. We’ve birthed an entire social group that embraces paranoia to the likes of:
“I don’t want anyone online to see my face!”
“I don’t want anyone online to know my first name!”
“I don’t want anyone online to know what school I went to or what city I grew up in!”
“I don’t want anyone online to know where I work!”
It’s as if they fail to consider the hundreds of strangers offline and IN FAR CLOSER PROXIMITY that see their faces, know their names, watch them go to work, or see them at school EVERY SINGLE DAY. What makes them any less suspect than the guy online that lives across the country in Hoboken, New Jersey? I’m not afraid of society. But maybe that’s the very reason that society is afraid of me. Because by knowing me, they won’t stay hidden.