Umar Zulqarnain’s reflection “Why We Are Together but Feel Alone” considers technology’s impact on our relationships with other people. It was originally published on the Huffington Post. Republished with friendly permission.
Over the past few years I have gradually become very antisocial. I remember a time when I always wanted to be „connected“ to the world, to be talking to people, to be around people. I began to find that I preferred time to myself in quiet contemplation. I began to prefer my own company. It was time I could spend attempting to look within myself, to learn about myself. Recently, when I decided to delve back into the social realm, I was in for a surprise. The more people I would meet and talk to, the more I would see recurring patterns. It was an unexpected opportunity to learn about myself and others.