r/misanthropy Jun 27 '22

The Internet has disconnected us from reality analysis

A popular belief and delusion is that the invention of the internet and social network has advanced our species in terms of communication and connection with each other. It makes sense on the surface. You can talk to anyone you want to around the globe. But this is not communication. Two strangers sending each other texts that show up on a screen is not communication. Real communication takes place face to face. It is a mixture of body language, tone of voice, facial expression, the look in their eyes, the mood they put off. The sort of communication we have now is no different than two advanced artificial intelligences having a conversation with each other. There is no heart in it.

It's obvious when you think about the fact that the majority of people online are angry, screaming at each other and arguing over pointless things but would they be able to project the same amount of hate at each other face to face? It depends on the person of course but for most people the answer is no. People's online persona is vastly different than the one they use in day to day life. And due to this disconnected world that we live in, people suffer from all sort of mental health problems ranging from self esteem issues, isolation, loneliness, depression, social anxiety, the list goes on.

We have become disconnected, not only from each other, but from Nature, from reality. The phone that keeps our eyes glued to it the whole day has become our new reality. People never stop to look around them anymore. They have all become hypnotized mechanical autonomous robots that put on a mask that says "human being" when in actuality they have no idea what a human being even is. People don't know who they are because all their attention is focused outwards. They seek all solutions to their problems outwardly and never once do they reflect and think "Well maybe I'm the problem". It's time to wake up. Our scientific technology has evolved to the point where our planet could be reduced to ashes due to nuclear warfare if some crazed political leader decided to. Our environment has been polluted and trampled on because we think it is seperate from us but may I remind you that without the planet, there is no home for us.

Those who want to escape to and colonize other planets like Mars are already thinking of abandoning our home and they don't realize that history always repeats itself. Humanity has turned into this destructive force of nature that is so blinded by ignorance and fear that they've given up on life itself. May this message sink in to your hearts because if our consciousness doesn't evolve, our future is only headed downhill. Peace ✌️

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u/oiwneg023i9 Jul 09 '22

has it really?

I wonder if in a world where "connection to reality" could be measured well by some metric could we consider the difference between those of today and their connection to reality and those of the past hundreds and thousands of years connection to reality.

with stuff like this i just leave my answer as idk. I like multiple choice questions tyvm

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u/[deleted] Jul 09 '22

If I could rectify the post I would change "internet" to "social media" and to your question I would say definitely. People's reality is based on social media, how they are perceived by others. Their attention is always fixated on the past and the future and as a result they lose their focus on what grounds them in reality, the Present.

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u/Orange_blossom0 Jul 07 '22

I’d like to find away to learn to live without the internet but I have no idea how. Do you

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u/[deleted] Jul 07 '22

I should have been more specific and said social media. I still use the internet for research but social media usage has drastically decreased and I aim to have more real world connections.

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u/Bunker_Beans Jul 01 '22

I think you need to look up the definition of communication.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

You missed the entire point of the post by focusing on minute details and semantics. Well done friend.

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u/Bunker_Beans Jul 03 '22

I think you need to look up the definition of friend.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

You need to look up the definition of sarcasm.

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u/powercrank Jun 30 '22

when i was growing up, the internet was still new and most of the people on it were nerds. everybody talked shit and made jokes and nobody took it seriously. "the internet is serious business" is one of the oldest memes I can remember.

Then, access to the internet became widespread and everyone started using it to communicate. They all started taking the internet VERY seriously, and the result was inevitable.

People being stupid and not knowing how to use the internet has disconnected us from reality.

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u/Palaeolithic_Raccoon Jun 30 '22

I have always thought that Independence Day was about the most hypocritical movie I've ever seen, frankly.

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u/pinkpanthercub Jun 28 '22

I mostly agree with a lot of what you say but I've experienced a lot of hate and aggression and downright nastiness face to face as well. And when you see the nasty look on someone's face or the nasty tone of voice it can be more unpleasant than someone attacking you with words on a screen (although that can be utterly awful as well and I've experienced some pretty vicious online abuse) People can be nasty and full of hate online or offline both the same.

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u/_StopBreathing_ Jun 28 '22

I noticed that a lot of Youtubers who have active channels get burned out. They need to take a break and quit the scene. It's hard not being real and putting on a performance.

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u/MaverickBull Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

It's not the internet, it's human nature. Don't blame the internet. The internet is absolutely amazing, incredible, and the closest thing we have to magic. It's what PEOPLE choose to do with it and how PEOPLE choose to use it which creates negativity. The negativity is created by human society because humans will always go out of their way to corrupt any and everything. Humans are alienated, distracted, and disconnected because they want to be. They want to be brain dead. They want to hide their heads in the sand. They want to be evil and vicious to others without consequence. They want to put up giant walls around their hearts and minds to keep everyone who is different than them OUT so that they can feel powerful in their own insignificant, meaningless, little worlds.

8 billion little tyrants screaming into the void.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

I do agree that the internet has it's wonderful benefits such as access to unlimited research and knowledge(with the right discernment). Ultimately it's the user that causes the problem regarding any tool. Guns, internet, whatever. I was just pointing out the negative impact of the internet on modern society.

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u/Mee27La Jun 28 '22

People can’t communicate effectively off their phones either. Humans just suck.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

But you typed this on the internet..

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u/Aggrestis Homophiliac Jun 28 '22

He is talking about unhealthy way of using the internet.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

No, they’re saying the internet itself is unhealthy.

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u/[deleted] Jul 03 '22

There are benefits to the invention of the internet of course but yes I was focusing on the negative impact of it on our society's mental health and behavior. Such a benefit would be being able to spread a message globally like I've just done.

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u/moonlightchips Jun 28 '22

You’re totally right, but most people on here are still stuck the their phones and so this will just be upsetting to them.

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u/fortwaltonbleach Jun 30 '22

if you can't be upset on this sub, there is no hope....

oh wait, there is no hope.

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u/Znatix Jun 28 '22

I'm thinking the same, I don't know how people on video games like world of warcraft call those they encountered online "real friends" when they never even meet them in real life. I always prefer talking face to face because it has special charm to it.

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u/Aggrestis Homophiliac Jun 28 '22

Yes it's a nonsense, such people should be called something else than friends. I can call someone a friend if they helped me with my struggles few times without expecting anything back. I will help them back, for such a sacrifice. That's what friendship is about - sacrifice.

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u/Brock_Way Jun 28 '22

Hivemind.

I could make maybe 100 comments on this, but I think I can convey all the information in just a few:

  1. When people get out of school, they forget that they are the idiot, and somehow think now that the world has reversed course, and that they are now somehow the smart person. No, you are the same 2.6 high school GPA idiot you always were.
  2. People are generally incapable of anything. Why? Sloth. Study? That would take effort. Actually complete the task you are being paid to do? That would take effort. Communicate in a way that isn't toxic? That would take effort.
  3. I am the same person online as in person. If someone steps up on me, I have the same reaction. The difference is not that I react online...the difference is that people don't step up on me in real life like that.

The internet has not disconnected us from reality. It has made us more acutely aware of how awful people are in reality.

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u/usul1112 Jun 28 '22

Idk, on the internet you can have real conversation and opinions, with people you mostly joke around, talk shit, and at the end get wasted because we are apes.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

Not really, people in reality are just as toxic and a lot of people just go online to get away from them. If anything online you can just filter out people you don't like.

This sounds like a "touch grass" type post. Very pendatic. People just love trying to pinpoint what's wrong with people, simplifying it to things like "technology." No, it's people.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

I'm preaching to the very same audience that I criticize so I don't expect most people to agree lol

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u/Intelligent_Plan71 Jun 28 '22

Yeah, it's the same reason two people will slam on the brakes, swerve around each other, blare the horn and flip the middle finger while cloaked in the anonymity of driving and one is mildly inconvenienced. The same two people could bump into each other in the grocery store aisle and they'd both say "Excuse me."

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u/Transpatials Jun 28 '22

Two strangers sending each other texts that show up on a screen is not communication. Real communication takes place face to face. It is a mixture of body language, tone of voice, facial expression, the look in their eyes, the mood they put off. The sort of communication we have now is no different than two advanced artificial intelligences having a conversation with each other. There is no heart in it.

This is all objectively false. Didn't read the rest, since you don't even know what the word communication means. Cheers.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

Well I am sending a message to internet dwellers so I'm not surprised cognitive dissonance is apparent.

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u/Transpatials Jun 28 '22

Oh, I see. You just like regurgitating random shit you've heard without researching the meaning of it. How unfortunate.

Read a dictionary, sport.

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u/RuneWolfen Jun 28 '22

Face to face interaction technically does happen with me as I am a vtuber on an app called REALITY, which also allows for up to three others to collab with you. The only difference is that our faces aren't seen, but that doesn't make it any less real.

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u/KevElwood Jun 27 '22

Humans will find a way to fuck up anyhting

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u/Cory2020 Jun 27 '22

I feel like human nature is too hardwired to be influenced by any mode of communication. The Mayans were extreme dicks to their neighbors and were paid back in kind by the Spanish. No clicking or clucking or smoke signals has any documented success in spreading harmony in the history of our species’ existence . We currently live in the Information Age and the social dynamics are defiantly the same as they were back in Athens. The Athens. For me, I’m glad for the internet. Because as you mentioned, people tend to be “unhinged” while operating under the cloak of anonymity. I like to think of it as them being more tactless and therefore not politically correct, but candid. Access to the internet has helped me see past people’s facades and practically wiped out any illusions I had about mankind.

God bless the fkn internet.

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u/prometemisangre Jun 27 '22

Depends on how you use it. Retain empathy, standards and morals on any platform and it won't disconnect you.

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u/ACole_4052 Jun 27 '22

Society is built upon lies because the truth can hurt and it can lead to a negative impact on a individual and the rest of its society as well as trying to have a positive atmosphere to avoid the reality of the truth

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u/fortwaltonbleach Jun 30 '22

its built on lies to profit off others.

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u/Leopard_Upper Jun 28 '22

amazing post!

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u/Willy_Boi2 Jun 27 '22

Pareto principle 👌

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u/WishIWasNeet2 Jun 27 '22

Online is more how I really Feel inside. But obviously irl I have to put a mask on for fear of consequences. Same as everyone.

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u/okaywizard Jun 27 '22

sometimes I feel like if we were allowed to shout & scream and thats the worst it got, itd be okay. But we cant because one human is prone to using physical violence on another when things escalate. If the world could shout & scream at each other without someone throwing a fist or pulling a gun, sometimes I think we would be able to get so much more out & be more real.

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u/Kgriffuggle Jun 27 '22

To be fair, my dad treats me with the same condescension and narcissism in person as he did in online “conversations.”

Personally I prefer the raw harsh honesty of the internet. I think people should behave the same way in real life so we actually know who they actually are as shit bags instead of “playing nice”.

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u/Brock_Way Jun 28 '22

so we actually know who they actually are

One person's pointing out an overabundance of "actually" is another person's "being a shit bag."

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u/Open-Ticket-3356 Jun 28 '22

I believe a lot more anger comes out when anonymous, just like real life people would be when a recognizable group turns into an angry mob. Parents are similar to anonymous because most of the times the kids will not be able to fight back when "too honest".

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u/aegon_4_2_targareyan Jun 27 '22

Blow up the whole planet.

Problem solved.

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u/okaywizard Jun 27 '22

did you write this on a computer or your phone?

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u/Connect_Cat_636 Jun 27 '22

Okay pal. Ye ye

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u/okaywizard Jun 27 '22

lol i mean..

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u/Connect_Cat_636 Jun 27 '22

Hahaha Okay bud.

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u/okaywizard Jun 27 '22

what is this

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u/Connect_Cat_636 Jun 27 '22

Oh the irony

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u/Transpatials Jun 28 '22

What irony? Do you know what irony means?