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Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

“People are strange when you’re a stranger.” – The Doors

We’re all strangers to each other, even when we’re online. But the Internet makes us feel less fearful of talking to strangers. It’s easier to comment with an 🙂 emoji than it is to smile to a stranger in real life.

People talk to strangers in their Instagram and Twitter feeds because they feel safe behind their screens. Contrary to popular opinion, technology is causing more social interaction than isolation.

We use technology to meet strangers. Uber, AirBnb, Tinder, etc., all facilitate discourse by helping make introductions.

Digital dialogues ease the discomfort of face-to-face conversations. When it comes to real life, we’d rather remain anonymous and go on with our day.

Fear of strangers and strangeness is only weird if being non-confrontational holds you back from the people you want or need to connect with.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.