The New Digital Age, a cute little nickname given to the 21st century generation of technological advancements. This nickname stretches beyond the fixation on inventing and improving human life into lazy bums, it also includes the sick obsession western societies have on social media and reality TV shows. I remember growing up as a kid in the mid to late 1990s enjoying life and TV without the heart-wrenching attachment of knowing what someone else, besides myself, was constantly doing. But then again I was a child.
As techno-junkies, are we that obsessed with knowing what people we know, people we don’t know, and people we REALLY hate are doing all day? Or are we fixated on thinking we know what they are doing or who they really are, based on what they portray on social media accounts and artificial television? Either way, our need for knowing things we don’t really know is at an all time high, and I wonder when it’s going to stop?
It seems like every other day a new social media app is made that allows its users to post whatever they are doing faster than the last famous social media app. I find it funny that a group of people in the same room are all posting pictures, videos or characters of what they’re doing. It’s difficult to even know if people are ‘actually’ having fun or if they’re ‘acting’ like they’re having fun. I wonder what the next new big thing will be, maybe people ACTUALLY meeting each other in public and hanging out without their phones or iPads. Hmmm. That would be old school, huh? I digress a little, but you get my drift.
Today’s reality TV shows are pretty much doing similar things that these social media sites are doing, which is portraying what people are supposedly doing rather than what they are actually doing. What is ‘reality’ today? An artificial generalization of what we ‘think’ people would act like in a certain situation. I mean the ratings are crazy for these shows, but then again what else can the public watch when it feels like ninety percent of television is succumbed to addictive reality TV shows. There is a small percentage of amazing drama-felt, crime, action and comedic TV series on prolific TV networks like FOX and ABC, but is that enough?
I’m all about being innovative and creative, but at the same time I feel as if our source of entertainment is being dumb downed to fit a trend of diluting our generation’s attention span. As a millennial, I would love to be able to decipher whether something is real or fake. I appreciate what social media sites and reality TV shows have been for the last two decades , but it would be awesome to have a variety or a medium of entertainment choices between the two. How many more years will these two fads last or are they here for the long run? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.