Affective is a collection of fresh reads, perspectives, and thought pieces



April 23

An exploration of the constant and addictive ways in which social media holds all of us captive and alters every perception. Each of our 100 Word stories is an affecting piece of flash fiction that brings to life a particular moment, idea or setting.

You begin to measure yourself, unconsciously, through these digital signifiers on your screen. How many red dots or numbers or little icons appear, how many notifications create a buzz. You play mindgames that you deny even to yourself, keeping your phone away for an hour in the vain hope that the number has miraculously grown or savouring pointless interactions as though they signify something larger. You check them every few minutes and feel a tinge of disappointment when there is nothing, and though you keep telling yourself that they don’t matter or have any meaning, they eat at you.

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