The Blissful Ignorance of Not Being on Social Media

I took my eight-year-old son to a birthday party on Friday afternoon, a party for a close friend of his that he hadn’t seen since the pandemic began, a friend he’d said goodbye to before spring break in March and had then vanished from his life. The party was carefully put together to play by all the rules—outside, masks, plenty of distance between parents—but the second the kids got out of their…