Great thoughts, Lesley. However, what you suggested will only take you so far, unfortunately. Every piece I write on here is a practice in vulnerability (and for many authors) because we’re exposing our work to the world like you pointed out. What you’ll discover, given enough time, is the trolls will come out and begin tearing apart your work and ideas. Sometimes it’s just people who will think your ideas are idiotic. But the reality is this, while it appears vulnerable, these people don’t really know you. They get a virtual snapshot of you and can often think 1,500 words encompasses your world view. That’s hardly connection, let alone understanding.
Additionally, you pointed out that you hadn’t finished reading the piece, so I guess I should just say a little as to what’s implied in the piece. I think technology is a fantastic thing to use for introductions. Bumble and Wolfpack and the numerous apps out there DO create the first interactions. But the problem is still the barrier: the screen. The virtual version isn’t necessarily you. Tell me the last time you took a selfie while crying into a pillow? The virtual self isn’t the truest self, so while it can create the introduction, moving from isolation to human connection really only happens life-on-life. I’m not the anti-technology guy by any means and work for a non-profit that leverages it to create connection online and push people towards recovery, but it can only go so far.
I hope that clarifies it a little more and I appreciate your candor and well-thought out counterpoint!