THAT FEEL WHEN NO GIRLFRIEND

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

Alex Lee Moyer’s 2020 documentary TFW No GF — shorthand for “That feel when no girlfriend” — profiles several disaffected young men desperately searching to connect on the dark corners of the internet.

Though the film has its share of crude language, and a couple of violent images, its real subject is the souls of a generation of males who have been nursed, weaned, and raised in cyberspace. 

What happens to young men when there are no role models, no authority figures, and no meaningful, flesh-and-blood human contact? And when at their fingertips they have a dopamine-hit-producing alternate reality that rewards the outrageous, the violent, the unhinged?

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2 Replies to “THAT FEEL WHEN NO GIRLFRIEND”

  1. Tina Daoud says: Reply

    hi heather!
    that was a necessary piece about these guys and the internet.and pain.sadness.
    it shows not says.very,very important.
    and comforting to knowyou are not alone in your pain of disgust and everything else.it is a different kind of pain .we are used to loneliness but to emptyness? that is a hard pain to break up.it comes from a lot of numbing.
    if you find a book about it let me know.
    i have a small book about the human and the tecgnical age.i think i will start it today.
    thanks for bringing this up!
    your friend tina

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks, Tina–the film was slammed by many for humanizing people we’re “supposed” to demonize and despise…but it was strangely moving, and for me, an eye-opener…beneath all our cultural, social and political ills is a spiritual malady…a deep loneliness and what’s worse, as you say, and I think especially in the West an emptiness…anyway, it’s well worth a look.

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