Often times, we create “relationships” with people on different forms of social media, before we’ve even met them in person. We interact with countless people on platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. From comments, replies, and direct messages, messages are exchanged literally with just the touch of a few buttons.
Because of our generation’s increasing usage of such applications, it’s very possible that you may run into someone on the street whom you’ve never formally met, yet you know so much about them.
In my opinion, face to face interactions are becoming more and more scarce by the day. Instead of speaking to strangers at bus stops and in classrooms prior to the start of classes, we have headphones on, and our noses buried into the LCD screens of our smartphones. Conversations are cut short, and self-esteem is heavily dependent on social media statistics, such as likes, followers, and favorites.
Years ago, self-gratification came from things other than platforms and iPhone applications. Of course, there are people whose happiness is not reliant on “likes”, but there is definitely a vast amount of people who do rely on superficial things as such.
The Internet is a game changer. Seeing the longterm effects of phenomenon like social media on human interaction is going to be fascinating.
— La Araña Discoteca (@KuntaKutiKing) March 20, 2015
Personally, I am a victim of the social media nonsense as well. I’d be lying if I said I am not guilty of rockin’ headphones while waiting for the 344, instead of having casual conversation. I can say my headphone decision is partially due to others wearing headphones as well. If there’s no one to speak to, I might as well bump the new Travis Scott album. Right?
Check out this great read on how human interaction is being destroyed by today’s technology.
— Chris Morman (@ChrisMormanTV) January 28, 2016