We are massively connected in our time in one sense; massively dis-connected in another. We are massively connected primarily by way of modern communications systems: Internet, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, et al. Within seconds, we can be in lingual contact with almost any other human being on the planet. We are also massively connected today by way of modern transportation systems: automobile, airplane, metro, Acela, et al. Within hours, we can be standing side by side with almost any other human being on the planet.
We are massively dis-connected in our time by way of a slew of factors, including class, wealth, education, expectation, career, neighborhood, belief, culture, experience, gender, race, ethnicity, et al. Of course, this has always been the case. What is new, and ominous, is degree and scale. Many mere differences of the past have grown into gaping chasms over time and never now the twain shall meet.
Unfortunately, being massively connected in the physical sense (by phone, by Internet) can foster an illusion of being massively connected in the emotional / spiritual sense. Many people today, in fact, essentially equate having a multitude of virtual ‘friends’ with having a multitude of ‘real’ friends, the kind you can count on at a moment’s notice to take care of FiFi while you’re attending Uncle Jack’s third wedding. Their ‘proof in the pudding’ in this regard is the number of Facebook ‘likes’ they can boast of.