The Social Media Paradox

I remember That Guy.

When I first started using email, there was always One Guy who insisted on emailing you, even if you were across the room.  And when I graduated to the work world, there was that guy who cut you off mid-sentence if you went to talk to him.

“…Bill, I-”

“-Just email me.”

Then, we had a name for this behavior: rudeness.

Now, we don’t have a name for it — because it’s how everybody acts.

Insanely rude behavior has become socially acceptable, in just 10 years.

Not. Progress.

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There have always been people who love machines and hate people. And they think, “If only someone could invent a way to Obtain Information from people without all this pesky inefficient social interaction,” and then they go invent something in their basement rather than, say, deciding to Grow as a Person.

So now, what do we do? Now that NeverTalkToAnotherHumanAgain.Com has just gained a billion users?

The platforms for our social lives are now defined by the anti-social.

Imagine if every bacon double-cheeseburger had to be approved by a Rabbi for deliciousness. It wouldn’t work very well, would it?

It’s like that.

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