How To: MAKE FRIENDS AS A HUMAN ADULT
CANTA Issue #12, 2017
As time progresses, and (in my opinion) the earth spins towards its fiery end, the less were socializing with our bodies and brains and mouths. You know, like how we kinda did a while back? A while back’ could really mean a year, or 20. You choose.
We aren’t really functioning like we did ten years ago. Actually, we aren’t even interacting the same as we were three years ago.
Why go to a bar or club when your Bitmoji can drink a coffee and comically fall over on your Snapchat? Why would you try crack a joke off the cuff in a group of mates, when you carefully craft a funny Instagram caption to post during peak gram time?
This generation is shaping up to be stacked full of meta, self-depreciating meme shit, with delivery subscriptions and binge worthy media, and chat groups within groups, month long chats littered with gifs and screenshots. No wonder there’s no desire for you to leave your bedroom.
Life is filled with hot-desks and flexitime, and Echo 360 degrees and anonymous compliment pages and less and less with real people. People made of meat, and souls, and bad in-jokes and funny experiences. People with history and back stories and journeys. It’s less about making connections with people and more about making connections with Wi-Fi. Oooh. Deeeeeep.
The chances are 2017 will see you with less human bodies around you in real life. Is a Snapchat streak really a good indication of your best mates? What about a crappy Friendship Anniversary on Facebook? You know the answer is no. We have more friends in the cloud, less friends IRL.
Here’s another installment of How To: Student – it’s How to Make Friends As A Human Adult.