Social media: removing the barrier

Lately I’ve been thinking about where social media is leading us. Some people think we are going to end up with a society full of crazy narcissists. I think that’s already happened.

It’s really not even worth arguing whether social media is good or bad. It’s just a communication medium enabled by technology. And technology is amoral, it’s neither good or bad. It’s what we do with it that makes it good or bad.

I think social media is leading us to a world with absolutely no barrier in communication from one person to another. Throughout history, this barrier has always existed. Be it proximity, time, technology, whatever. The buffer between you and another person has always been there. Until now.

We are rapidly nearing a day when it is absolutely conceivable for two or more people to be inseparably linked via technology. The most imminent reality of this is live streaming video delivered via smartphones. It’s already happening.

This is an amazing time in history. We are on the cusp of a monumental shift in the way we communicate that will forever change the course of human interaction.