He's so smart; I'm chubby; she's ugly; he's bad for you; they're perfect together. What do all of these statements have in common? They're judgments; they reflect matters of opinion, not indisputable facts. This may not seem too terribly fascinating, or insightful, but bear with me. Because what is phenomenal, in my opinion, is the extent to which we allow our judgments to affect our decisions, mood, and functioning.
Owen Dennis Riley, 17, has never had a girlfriend. But he plays a boyfriend to at least half a million subscribers on YouTube. He brings you gifts on Valentine’s Day and soup when you’re sick. He serenades you, if you’re into that sort of thing. Most important, he wants to help you get a good night’s sleep. Instead of counting sheep or limiting your screen time before bed, he’ll talk you down for the night and tuck you in.
Check out the rest of Wylde's fascinating article in the New York Times