Did you know we’ve collectively created new emotions?
Well, maybe not new, but our emotions have begun to map in different ways.
Have you ever felt …
- A vague and gnawing pang of anxiety centered around an IM window that has lulled.
- A sudden and irrational rage in response to reading an ‘@-reply’ on Twitter.
- The state of being ‘installed’ at a computer or laptop for an extended period of time without purpose, characterized by a blurry, formless anxiety undercut with something hard like desperation.
- The car collision of appetite and discomfort one feels simultaneously when using the internet to seek and consume images or information that may be considered unseemly or inappropriate.
- The sense of fatigue and disconnect one experiences after emitting a massive stream of content only to hit some kind of ‘wall’ and forget and/or abandon the entire thing.
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It’s interesting to see how these emotions have bridged between feelings that were formally never connected.
The Internet, and technology in general, has a profound effect on us collectively and I’m not sure we fully comprehend it’s longterm effects on us.