Monday, September 7, 2015

Social media has defined this generation and will forever change how we interact with people. Your best friend's trip to Hawaii is now photos with filters on Instagram, your boss can fire you for an inappropriate Facebook post (Nebraska football announcer), and your girlfriend just tweeted a broken heart emoji. This is just a tiny glimpse of what happens in the everyday life of social media. Social media has completely changed the game of how we connect with one another. As humans, all of our focus and energy lies in the present, and social media has expounded on that core idea of our nature. We get updates, notifications, and alerts about what is happening and what is about to happen next. It's funny because we're beginning to live in a paradoxed society where we want to be a "koine" society, but in reality, we're actually an "idia" society. Promoting ourselves to our friends and family
would seem like a very interactive gesture, but it begins to change when it becomes the only source of relation. I do believe that the main purpose of social media is for us to relate to one another, and I believe it has done a terrific job of doing that. However, it has one flaw that as humans we all desire, and that is to have experiences with each other. I found this article where this guy is claimed to be "the most connected man in the world".

I would have to admit, it would be pretty cool to be connected in such a way like Chris Dancy is, but only for a half day or so. I wonder if he is really connecting with others when he walks outside or if he's just collecting more data for himself. The reason I say that is because that is what we tend to do this with social media. The question for us should be are we really connecting with our followers and friends or are we just collecting data when we get on social media?

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