Social media platforms keep guzzling our most personal data, with the promise it will be saved forever – but what if it was all lost?
As we’ve pivoted from IRL communication to screens and chats, conversations have been transformed. In some ways, writes Emily Reynolds, it’s made us closer than ever.
We think a lot about how we turn online relationships into offline ones – what we think of less is how it works the other way round.
Our social media experiences reveal a lot about who we are, how we communicate, and what we want to say, writes Emily Reynolds.
Telling a story with ourselves at the centre is the way that we make sense of the world. But when we tell this story to an audience we don’t quite know, it cheapens everything.
Searching for connections online can stop us from meeting someone for real – sometimes we need to put down our screens and leave the house.
In the digital world, to touch someone – to change their body, their mind, the way they experience the world – you don’t have to touch them at all.
Our constant online presence means we’re always available, even when we don’t want to be.
Our connections with people are becoming harder to categorise. It’s the feeling we should cherish – not the words we use to describe them.
We’ve all been there: someone you’re talking to suddenly goes quiet, dropping off the face of the earth. For journalist and author Emily Reynolds, it’s the waiting that hurts the most.
In a world where intimacy has had to adapt to the presence of technology, the simple act of speaking on the phone still retains some kind of starry-eyed power.
In her latest column, writer and author Emily Reynolds examines how technology, with all its noise, has made silence louder than ever.