The majority of humans live for face-to-face communication, to be able to read body language, to share a laugh, and to not have to worry if they’re on mute or not. To not be able to participate properly in conversations, to not be able give your friend a hug when there has been bad news, or to even clink your glass with another at the pub to celebrate a minor achievement, is harrowing and heart breaking, and it’s changing us.
Communication is arguably the most important part of humanity, we live and breathe to share, to laugh, to help, even if that does mean chatting about yourself non-stop. Making sure we communicate efficiently if the most important thing. We live in a world where information is at our fingertips, a question can be answered in seconds, and change can happen in mere minutes. But it’s not always good, it’s not always the right information. We’re all guilty of searching medical symptoms and thinking we’ve got 10 minutes left to live.
The pandemic has caused social media to thrust into the spotlight and take the main stage. Instead of hearing your pub regular talk about how it’s all a conspiracy at the weekend, you’re reading it on social media. Platforms allow this information to be shared to millions in only seconds. Now I’m not saying that the man who sits at the end of the pub every night, and has an outstanding bar tab, has millions of twitter followers, but there are a lot of people in the world that do, and who may even share the same views as said pub regular. Likewise, there’s many people in the world that can use their social platform for good and do.
It’s important that we tackle the spread of misinformation, campaign to rid the world of ‘fake news’. It will always be there, but now in the time of living in our phones and computers all day it is even more important to make sure that our society is aware of what they’re reading, to think their own thoughts rather than becoming a robot and agreeing to what they read on their social media timeline.
Until we can hug each other again and not be slaves to our phones, until we can post photos of our food that a chef made, until social media is no longer our sole form of communication, we need to be able to educate others on what is right and campaign to remove the bad. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Become the change you want to see.