Society as a whole is plugged in digitally now more than ever, but not much has changed in terms of the types of people inhabiting the online universe. Social media dominates web, but back when I was a teenager and in college message boards and chat apps (AOL Instant Messenger) were where it’s at.
Like me, there’s a lot of people who have and do rely on the online world to fill a void in our real lives, whether it’s a lack of activities or feeling as if you have no close relationships (outside of maybe family, etc). Just tracking my own behavior over the years, I used to be able to hang out online and chat the night away with others every day. Now, with a life schedule that takes up more time than ever, I don’t really talk to anyone online outside of generic interactions on twitter, and I no longer have that pressing desire in my head that’s screaming “I need to be online every chance I can get to see what’s going on.”
Everyone is using something as some kind of escape from their real world woes. But like everything else in life, there has to be some kind of balance so you don’t allow yourself to be so consumed by it.
One thing that sort of got brushed over in the video is how people behave online. There can be a HUGE difference in how people behave on social media as opposed to real life. For me, I’m way more outgoing on twitter than I am in person; anyone who’s ever met me knows I don’t talk very much. But there’s a lot of people out there who see the internet as a place with zero consequences, and will say/do the most ignorant and hateful things simply because they can. It used to be where anyone could say anything they want anonymously, but go to any media outlet’s Facebook page; people, grown-ass adults, have no shame in being hateful and ignorant even with their name and picture attached to their comments!
This will probably go through one ear and out the other of this generation, but it’s kind of important to think before you post online; hell, it’s important to think before you speak in life, period. It doesn’t matter how many privacy settings you have or whether it’s your “fandom” account and not your “personal” one, we’re living in times where none of that matters and your behavior, even in real life, can go viral in the blink of an eye. Do you really want your past foolishness coming back to bite you in the ass?
I’m not sure what happened with the I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being employed and earning this green stuff they call money. Here’s a few examples of people losing their jobs because of something they did online or behavior that went viral and lead to them getting fired: