“You Have No Friends”

I’m so sorry. So very, very sorry. On the Internet we’re all supposed to be connected and active, and never, ever bored. With such a strong population, with billions of hours of cat videos, with instant streaming, with likes, tweets, pins, check-ins, and whatnot, we are never to be sad. On the Internet, loneliness is supposed to die.

Well, not quite.

Screenshots of Despair is a relatively new tumblr dedicated to the times when even the Internet reflects a sad, sad life. The result is a series of screenshots taken completely out of context, delighting the darkest of humorists, saddening most normal human beings. Creator Josh Kimball believes he is capturing the current state of the human condition. I think he just wants to make us all sad.

In context, the images are simple reminders or functions of the social web. They act as guide to promote connections not comment on your lack of relationships. But when you take a step back and look only at the words, it appears the Internet is judging your identity, even commenting on your existence.

I know I have experienced these alerts first hand. Usually when a new social service or app launches and I log in for the first time, I am greeted with a screen plainly reading, “You have no friends.”

For this reason, I save some time (if only a little bit) to go outside, talk to real, living, human people and enjoy life outside the pixelated screen.


Screenshots of Despair

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