The more active, distracting, complexly-interconnected, and highspeed our lives become, the more essential and reflexive it becomes to develop behavioral patterns that simplify the otherwise tricky job of navigating through the bustling, modern, day-to-day grind. These behavioral patterns, which many have come to rely on heavily, are typically constructed and reinforced subliminally . Whether we're referring to the conscious or subconscious patterns, they have become so essential to most 21st century Americans, they function much like an autopilot.
Despite being interconnected which enables us to speak in real-time to almost anyone, almost anywhere on or off the planet. Despite being joined to social groups which gives us real-time visibility throughout our impressively large peer groups via a single pane of glass. Despite having a global transportation infrastructures that grant us the ability to travel almost anywhere on Earth within a 24-hour period, now for a lower cost than ever before. Despite all of these innovations which have been created to bring us together, the statistics clearly show us that an unprecedented number of people feel not just lonely and disconnected but, more lonely and disconnected than ever before. Furthermore, rather than this being in spite of, it appears to be quite literally a result of the new social and communication platforms we all so highly covet.