For the past couple of months I've been thinking a lot about how we communicate online. And how this has evolved over time. I don't think evolved is the right word, it makes it sound like it's only been for the better, but things certainly have changed.
I feel like society, since the turn of the millennium, has been busy compressing time and forgotten to contemplate the consequences. Communication used to feel personal, be paced, and have a durational quality to it.
Now every flicker of a thought is pushed to millions of pockets, before they can even be pronounced. It has undoubtedly made the world a smaller place, but I can't help but wonder what's been lost along the way?
Don't get me wrong, I love social media. Twitter is still intriguing at times and watching generation Z on TikTok is undoubtedly mesmerizing. But more often than not, social media's slot-machine-like design leaves me feeling overwhelmed, sad, and distracted.
When I grew up, going online was an activity out of itself. Every click took ages to load but, damn, was it exciting. Do you still feel excitement communicating online?
I miss that feeling. Things were bumpy and personalised. And fun. Now they are... smoooth.
What happened to customizability? The personal website? Webrings? IRC? When did the newsletter start turning up in the junk folder? And how will we keep in touch with each other tomorrow? In a decade? In space?
I'd love to hear your story. Your take on the state of digital communication today. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.