I've found this last week or so that on social media (here, Reddit etc) it's the hostility that just *exists* that's causing me to struggle. Happily, nothing that's directed at me at all, just scrolling and its just nasty people being horrible to nice folk ad nauseum.
It must be completely fucking up our collective mental health in ways we'll only really understand in retrospect in textbooks.
The pre-Internet equivalent would be spending all your time in an extremely hostile pub with people with extremely different views to yourself who were prone to extreme aggression, somehow listening to every single angry conversation.
And as a pub connoisseur, back when I could be, pubs likd this don't actually exist and never have.

We've concocted these vile spaces for no reason, with no precedent, and spend so much of our time in them.
BUT! As a very shy autistic person this weird, violent pub is the only place I can talk to my mates, cowering down as chairs and pint glasses smash around us.


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