Since the beginning of humanity to about a decade or so ago, social interactions consisted primarily of people meeting, getting to know one another and then, through the careful weighing of signals and emotions, they would disclose personal information about themselves in order to create a bond of friendship/love with another human being.
Now that we have begun to eschew eons of interpersonal communication in favor of acting impulsively via social media outlets in order to appear awesome to others, the traditional aspect of society has slowly started to fall apart.
Of course, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but what I do know is that if we began transferring our online activities (taking pictures of food, following people, letting people know where we are at all times) in to the real world, we would look like lunatics and there in lies the issue.
Is there a proper balance to being a social media butterfly and a person capable of interacting with others without appearing insane?
I’m no longer sure.
Just the other day I overheard someone talking about a hike they did up at the Poconos and how beautiful the changing of the leaves were and how they hadn’t felt so in touch with nature as they did while walking through piles of red, yellow and orange leaves.
Then they said the following, “It made for a really great blog”.
So yeah, Houston we might have a problem.
In the following advertisement, Cell C (a mobile provider in South Africa), shows what our online behavior would look like out in the real world, and, although the ad is meant to convey life without enough data, I think it makes a better point of recognizing how ridiculous we would all look slapping “Likes” on random objects or alerting people to where we are via a megaphone.
A prospect that we all might need to get used to one day.
Video after the break.