Social media is replacing real life interaction and transforming how society evaluates our morality. It is now more convenient to contact hundreds if not thousands of people on 3-5 different social media sites. While hiding behind the comfort of your device. Where it does not matter what you look or smell like while messaging. Most importantly, you do not have to face the person you’re talking to’s true reaction to your comments.
Instant mobile phone and social media access have replaced the traditional land line. The hiring process has now evolved from the application, resume, and interview process to researching social media posts and monitoring them once hired. Government background checks now include social media posting to rule out criminal activity or terrorist affiliation.
The upsides of social media are reuniting with old friends and meeting new friends which most likely just become a friend you only see on social media. Then you find yourself stalking those friends and those friends are probably stalking you too. Everyday you struggle to match your last fake post or selfie to get as many likes as possible. On social media everyone is a “friend” and “likes” can determine a break up or make up. An emoji defines your mood and replaces the essence of a real smile, the sexiness of a real wink, and the butterflies in your belly after a real romantic kiss.
Daily sexting episodes and sharing images of genitalia with multiple partners on multiple sites, groups, and apps have replaced the fun in real life first dates or random encounters. Instead of eyes wide open at the club, bar, or mall on the lookout for a potential match, heads are face down, eyes are fully fixed on phones and potential matches are searched for on social media or online dating sites.
Families no longer play catch at the park instead they are invading other people’s privacy trying to catch Pokemon. Broken families are now relying on social media for, “Facebook Daddy” visits. Instant messaging or texting is now used to communicate with children because parents no longer sit down at the dinner table with their children as a family.
When phones are broken, stolen, or lost, people seem to grieve a deep loss as is if they would have lost a friend or family member. They scream, cry, wave their arm, throw their broken phones, and even become violent. They lose their ability to function, and their losses often includes documented financial records, schedules, passwords, and memories from their gallery or album.
Our biggest fear as humans is being replaced by robots, yet social media has already begun the social, emotional, and mental process of transforming our human emotions through our addiction to our devices.