When I was kid I counted down the days until I would be a “grown-up”, with a fervour and desperation I didn’t often apply to much else. But when I got to adulthood, I realised what a fool I had been to squander the days when I had no responsibilities at all.
I don’t think the internet is helping me. Or more specifically, it’s not helpful when you already have a tendency of overthinking most things before you do them. I am much more likely to Google “strange elbow rash” then book an appointment with a GP. And I know I’m not the only one. We live in a world where information is literally at our fingertips and overthinking is not only encouraged, but celebrated.
Comment is free, but facts are sacred.”
This is the famous quote from The Guardian’s founder CP Scott that sits at the top of their Comment is Free web page, illustrating what value the media outlet puts on discussions with its readers. However, in January of 2016 their Readers’ Editor Stephen Pritchard penned a piece explaining why some topics will no longer be open to comments on The Guardian website.
I don’t have a problem with social media, but I don’t trust it. Does anyone really? I mean, sure it helps me connect with strangers I would have walked past in real life, but it also doesn’t protect me or anyone else from being publicly attacked or humiliated, and that doesn’t feel good to me.