Loneliness is a Place on Earth or How Social Media Saved My Life
I’m pretty sure we all have our own social media stories, whether they are life changing or not. Do read mine and feel free to share your own. I’d love to hear it!
Loneliness is a Place on Earth
I grow up in a medium sized city in the middle of Sweden. Everything was average. (We have a swedish word for that: lagom, which means being mainstream, good enough, not standing out in any way). In this medium sized town, it was very important to do what everyone else thought was lagom. Dress the same (lagom trendy), think the same (very much lagom), be the same (very important to be lagom).
I didn’t like it. And I was very lonely.
The town itself was lonely. If you went out on a Sunday afternoon you could walk through the entire city without seeing anyone. The shops were closed and no-one was out. If you felt like having a coffee on a Wednesday morning, you had to find someone to join you on the café, otherwise you exposed to the whole city that you hadn’t got any friends. And if you had your coffee in the same café more than twice a week, someone would probably call the police accusing you of stalking the café staff. There was a rule that could not be breached: be lagom.
Saved by Social Media
I don’t remember exactly which year it was. Probably around 1996 or 1997. I do remember that previously that year, I had met a guy who gave me his email address and we started to exchange emails, like pen pals. He was the first person I ever emailed, and I was so excited getting messages in the computer that I almost fell in love with this person (or rather his emails). He was my first cyber love in a row of… well, two, (though he never knew about it).
Back to what I was supposed to tell. (I kind of lost the thread a bit talking about love). That year (-96 or -97) the Internet was still very un-developed. Web pages was just pages with text on them and they took forever to load. I don’t remember who, but someone told me there was something out there called “chats” were you could write to someone also online and get an instant reply. One night I tried it. And I was amazed. It transformed my life, changed it and saved my sanity. I wasn’t alone anymore, I wasn’t locked into this lonely town. There were always people out there to hang out with whenever I wanted. I will never forget that day when it became clear to me: This was the end of loneliness.
I was saved. Finally.
How has Social Media changed your life? Please do tell in the comment box below. I really want to hear your story!