Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Does this old saying count if I’m fooled by two separate people at the same time? I learned some hard lessons about myself and about other people late last year and I’m still struggling to make sense of it all.
The internet is creating this detached universe where we nurture artificial long distance friendships instead of focusing on the ones right next door to us. It’s so easy for us to follow along with what’s happening in our social media feeds, aimlessly wishing virtual strangers “Happy Birthday!” instead of picking up the phone and calling our neighbors. I hate the phone and this new world has made my life much easier or at least I thought it had. It has allowed me to fall into this pathetic trap of false friendships. The internet allows people to paint whatever picture of themselves they want us to believe and why should we doubt them?