Has Social Media Destroyed or Revealed the True Souls of Those Whom We Interact With?

Nowadays, every and any person can take up their phone; switch on their cameras; or type something via these social media mediums and call themselves a "media house"; without any filters or knowledge of the process of information dissemination, fact-checking, or placing professionalism over hype and fame.

Has Social Media Destroyed or Revealed the True Souls of Those Whom We Interact With?

It is ever more interesting; watching society's entire social dynamics change as social media becomes more and more "intrusive" into our everyday lives.

No doubt, there are wonderful benefits to social media. Businesses, as well as individuals and other organisations have benefitted tremendously from their social media presence. However, I often wonder if Facebook live and other such similar feeds as this, have signalled the final eradication of privacy.

Even for media businesses, they have got to now look at the landscape and adjust their business models according to what they are seeing invading the marketplace. Contrary to what some may pontificate the media is a business, and not a freebie. There is a sustainability requirement to generate revenue.

Nowadays, every and any person can take up their phone; switch on their cameras; or type something via these social media mediums and call themselves a "media house"; without any filters or knowledge of the process of information dissemination, fact-checking, or placing professionalism over hype and fame.

I see persons who say they are about progress and the growth of humanity, purposely or perhaps unknowingly, dumbing down the level of our conversations with inflammatory and misdirected rhetoric continually. Has social media hastened the "look at me" society, where we all crave the status of celebrity?

Maybe this is the new reality, where social media has allowed anyone to create worlds that people seem ever so hungry to peek into. It is like we've become even more voyeuristic. We are looking all the time to see what the other person is doing. Not so much because we truly care about these people, but the new standard looks to be to mind each other's business; and to show off just how much better than our brothers and sisters we are; or to demean those who would dare raise a hand in disagreement to anything that we have to say via the spectrum of social media.

Are we walking towards the cliff? Or have we already fallen over?