18 Ridiculous Realities Of Living In The Digital Age


Don’t get me wrong — I love the internet. I grew up with it as a constant presence. In the days of MySpace profiles, I gleefully posted Taking Back Sunday lyrics on a black background, with the text lOOkiNG lIkE tHiS. When I graduated to Livejournal, no diary was whinier than mine. Since Facebook permeated the internet, creating a new model for social media, the modern internet was born.

And then came the apps. There’s an app for everything in this, our modern world, making money for entrepreneurs and developers all over the world. It’s changed the way we interact with everyone, from strangers to our best friends and significant others.

And the world never looked back. Now, the internet is the dominant source of culture and entertainment and of staying connected with the world, so much so that to eschew the internet completely is almost to eject yourself from modern society. People with absolutely no social media accounts are few and far between, not to mention regarded as strange.

But some of the things we do today are just plain weird. Have you ever stopped to think about it?

  1. We’d rather send bits of text to our closest friends than hear their voice — in person or over the phone.
  2. No one just watches TV anymore — we’re all secretly browsing Instagram.
  3. All of our personal information is available online, but we get squeamish when strangers sit too close to us on a train.
  4. Ambient noises are completely blocked out by our earphones blaring music, meaning we don’t hear our world anymore. No trees rustling, the footsteps of people walking to work, or even cars beeping.
  5. We’ve experienced sexual revolutions in the past few decades, but now we’re meeting and hooking up with people via our phones.
  6. Our self-worth is measured in likes, faves and retweets.
  7. A vacation is only a vacation if the photos are shared with 900 people we’ve long since lost touch with.
  8. There’s such a thing as “Facebook friends” and the qualification negates the word “friend.”
  9. Companies will pay you for having a lot of Instagram and Twitter followers.
  10. The world is getting smaller, but less friendly.
  11. The first experiences we have with seeing famous landmarks and destinations is on travel Instagram accounts.
  12. We’re too busy with our phones in front of our faces at a concert that we end up watching the actual show through our tiny screens, instead of looking at the band.
  13. Calling someone you like on the phone is perceived as strange and sometimes even creepy.
  14. Talking to a stranger on the street is strange, but you can read their thoughts simply by going to their (sometimes) public Twitter account.
  15. You can make a high-powered career simply by showing people what you wore today.
  16. We’d rather watch individual television shows and movies alone on our laptops than go out to see a new feature.
  17. Plagiarism on the internet is almost impossible to enforce.
  18. Periscope/SnapChat Discover makes it so that we no longer have to actually attend events, but simply watch them from the comfort of our own pajamas.

So weird.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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