I saw a meme today. The photo was of a D-Day veteran and the sentence on it was something to the nature of “pictures of hot girls with big boobs get a ton of likes, but how many will this D-Day veteran get?”
This was the second recent incident that made me realize how much society has changed. The other day, a friend of mine posted on Facebook how happy he was and how when he’s making fun of people in status updates a ton of people like the statuses, but when he updates his status with a kind message or something exciting that’s going on in his life, no one seems to care. Sure, it’s good to have a sense of humor, but it’s also good to show interest in other people’s lives.
I realize just how full of pointless information our society has embraced. Everyday more useless “news” pops up. People watch and listen to an increasing amount of entertainment news, and fill their brains up with the latest style trends and superfoods instead of substantial information, like what’s happening between Israel and Palestine, or the latest updates regarding the Iraq War.
I remember in college several of my professors made us bring in current events to class. At the time I thought this was ridiculous, especially because half of the time the students googled their articles while sitting in class in front of the professors. Also, I was there to study and learn theories, not discuss campus shootings or high-speed highway pursuits. Now, however, I realize how beneficial even the most seemingly off-topic articles were. They got us to think and formulate opinions — and I was studying criminal justice, most of the news articles were in some way related to my field anyway.
That was such an important part of my education: Being forced to know what was happening in the world made us students take our minds off of idle bits of fluff and caused us to broaden our views.
Major kudos to those professors.
“What’s going on?”
Such a common question, and often answered with a superficial remark regarding what that person plans to do in the next hour or so, but not so much what’s really new in their life…the bigger picture.
I think this generation is scared — scared to share personal information in case someone makes fun of us, scared to divulge a goal in fear of failing, and scared to get too close to someone in fear of losing that person. Remaining superficial keeps us just enough afloat to muddle through our days and fake our way through face-to-face interactions.
We are growing up at a time where superficiality is the norm. You might know what your “friend” ate for breakfast, but do you know what they’re studying in school or what their aspirations are or even what their favorite color is?