I met him online. He texted me on Christmas. Two weeks later, we met in person at a Barnes & Noble.
This is the story of an internet connection that has nothing to do with romance. At 22, I was lost and living at home. I wasn’t looking for a date. I was trying to ace the SATs.
It was 2011 and I had recently dropped out of a Maryland rabbinical seminary and moved back into my parents’ house in Brooklyn. Although I was back in the community I grew up in, I felt different from everyone I knew. I was depressed and friendless. The internet provided solace and distraction, a community of fellow lonely people. I was particularly drawn to Reddit, which is essentially a mix of popular, crowdsourced links and conversations. The site has everything, from photos of the cutest kittens to long posts by NASA engineers about designing vehicles …