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Unavoidable Ambience
An essay on the new normal, a sea of eyes staring at their screens -- the good and the bad.

https://nearearth.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/unavoidable-ambience/

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I grew up to expect people to be interacting with each other when they’re in proximity. Lord knows I was never good at this, or ever liked it — indeed, it’s usually painful. But I knew that I was different for feeling this way, wrong, and well before I was ever diagnosed as autistic or sought therapy for my difficulties. I was the odd duck, while everyone else was doing it right. I learned, correctly or incorrectly, that this socially connective norm was right. To step back out into the world now, and in such a short space of time see things change so drastically, is jarring. I think,what happened to all of you?