My Online Existential Crisis

To engage, or not to engage? That is the question.

Ria Tagulinao
15 min readFeb 8, 2023
From the author’s Instagram stories archive | 2020 lockdown

“Resenting a new technology will not halt its progress.” — Marshall McLuhan

Please don’t go looking for these, but at one point in my life, I ran three very decorated, very cringey personal blogger sites. All at the same time. Why I needed three is something that, unfortunately, only my deranged teenage self can fathom.

Like any other millennial, I grew up with the internet. Blogger, MySpace, Friendster, Tumblr — name it, I had it. In those good ol’ days, most of us rode only one major virtual bandwagon, flattering each other with tastefully-made Friendster testimonials composed of half alphabet letters and half symbols.

And I loved it. This modest, harmless online life. I happily maintained my blogs, sharing my musings and the events of my life with shameless detail, uncaring of who sees it or if anyone sees it at all.

Today, most of us find ourselves switching between no less than a handful of platforms. Personally, I’m on every mainstream social site: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and TikTok.

The more the merrier? Err.



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