Social media IRL isn't so social
This was true when blogging first started, then later with other platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Now with Instagram, you feel like you know people just by looking at their carefully curated images (let's be honest, they're not as random as we want them to believe).
But it's disappointing when they end up, you know, disappointing you.
For a while, I've been skimming through the images of friends of friends on Instagram. And after realizing that one of them was the same person I had been corresponding with for a few work projects, I send an email (that I thought was kind of funny in a wink-wink kind of way).
Quick question: Are we going to play the chicken game on Instagram (like for like) and see how long it takes before following one another? Haha :P
The response was not what I was expecting.
I dont think I know you sorry.
That's self explanatory.
The odd thing is after we were messaging for some work things, he then liked/commented on a few images (I don't have many) right after we first emailed one another. To throw this dismissive reply my way was a little cruel. Dude, you know who I am. Is breaking the fourth wall really that unsettling? Is it best to just be "friends" in the digital world, rather than the real one?
Not only do I feel stupid for sending the email but also for the emotional owie I got from someone I was "friendly" with. And that hurts. How disappointing.