One of my friends recently had an internship over the summer in New York City. I recall talking to her one night and she said she felt very isolated: her job was demanding, her roommate was a crazy cat lady with very few social outlets, and she had nowhere she felt comfortable to go and meet other people her age. I found this a little concerning because out of all my friends, she was the most social and could make friends the easiest. She ended up joining a dating site so she could meet other New Yorkers her age around her.
What I find interesting is that in one of the largest and most populated cities in the world, it was necessary she join a virtual place—a place outside of space, so to speak—in order to truly find contact with someone else.
Anthropologist Erin B. Taylor tries to explain this…
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