I feel lucky to have been a teenager in the 90’s when social media was actually having to converse face to face with people. I have teen-aged daughters and I’m watching this FacebookInstaChatSnapGram live from the front row.
And I have to say I feel sympathy for them. My wife and I do an excellent job of monitoring their social media and we remain steadfast in being proactive with their lives. But damn, this shit is amazing.
I can only imagine how my life would have been different if I had today’s technology while I was in high school:
*Every time I drank a beer, smoked some weed or said something shitty about someone, it would be right out on front street.
*It was so much easier to be able to just talk behind peoples’ backs without fear of being recorded.
*It was so much easier to pass out drunk without having to worry about becoming the next Vine video of a drunk asshole with dicks drawn on his cheeks in permanent marker.
*It was so much easier to egg someone’s house and root their yard up without fear of it being taped by Verizon home security cameras.
*It was so much easier to tell my parents I was going to my friend Tom’s house even though I was meeting a girl for sex and not have to worry about an app on my cell phone telling them exactly where I was.
*It was so much easier to apply for a job and not worry that the prospective employer already knew everything about me that I was trying to hide.
I think what saddens me the most is that as we become more technologically advanced we seem to become lazier, less intelligent and desensitized to everything that damages us.
Maybe I will post that last thought on Facebook and see how many “likes” I can get.