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"You know, I've either had a family, a job, something has always been in the way.

But now I've sold my house, I've found this place, a large studio, you should see the space and the light.

For the first time in my life I'm going to have a place and the time to create."

No baby, if you're going to create you're going to create whether you work 16 hours a day in a coal mine or you're going to create in a small room with 3 children while you're on welfare.

You're going to create with part of your mind and your body blown away, you're going to create blind crippled demented, you're going to create with a cat crawling up your back while the whole city trembles in earthquakes, bombardment, flood and fire.

Baby, air and light and time and space have nothing to do with it and don't create anything except maybe a longer life to find new excuses for.

- Charles Bukowski

In today’s modern, technology centered world, social media, whatever that may mean, has completely taken over our lives, for better or for worse, however you may choose to see it. The general population seems to be perfectly fine with it too. We take it as a normal part of life, and as an aspect of modernity that is simply inevitable and beyond our control. We even take it as something advantageous that we simply couldn’t see ourselves without, after all - it connects us in ways we could have never before dreamed of, or so we think.

''Today, spend a little time cultivating relationships offline. Never forget that everybody isn't on social media''

''I was going to post something on Facebook until I asked myself why''
An Anti-Social Society

What’s interesting however, is that few of us truly stop to take the time to think about what it really means. We just accept this social media obsession on auto-pilot, because it's what we've been convinced by society to do. We're not sure what we are without it. What’s so incredibly social about it in all honesty? In fact, what we know to be social media is everything but social. Think about what social media platforms really mean for you, and if it actually makes you feel more connected and a part of something, or perhaps as disconnected from reality as ever. It might be pushing it to say that these so called advancements are truly allowing us to be more social than we once were.

We believe the past to be something completely outdated, something too traditional, and as a place where people just didn't have it as good as we do today. Think about the times however when we would just so naturally call up our friends on our dial up telephones, or even in some cases, just show up at their door unexpectedly, knocking with the hopes that they will be home. If they weren't home, then perhaps we would have sat around and chatted with their parents, because back then, any social connection was considered a worthy one. Perhaps in our generation we were never truly there, and will never fully understand such a concept.

We've heard from our parents however, that it was quite the time. Connecting just isn't the same as it once was. A connecting through a device just doesn't compare. There is nothing less social than walking around with your head down glued into your phone in order to check out what’s going on in the world and in the lives of people who have perfectly constructed the way in which they wish their lives to appear to the outside world through the endless use of filters and photoshop. There is nothing less social than pressing a button to tell someone that you approve of their lives, and there is nothing less social than depending on this for a self-esteem boost.

In fact, that’s exactly what anti-social is- staring into a small box in the hopes that it will bring us a sense of satisfaction. When it comes to reality, those that stare into a real life cardboard box all day are considered problematic and abnormal, treated for social disorders and are encouraged to leave their comfort zone and socialize. We become alarmed with such behavior. What about staring into a smaller box makes this socially acceptable? It's all about perspective, and about what we've been taught to internalize as truth. Look up people, look outside of the little box, and start asking those around you how their day is going.

reality is
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