In Your “Face”

Recently while aimlessly watching Food Network, which sadly comsumes a large part of my life, I came accross a very interesting commercial…

Hope you thought it was as peculiar as I did that this was a commercial for Dentyne gum, but thats besides the point. Its pretty cool huh? So this led me to start thinking about social responsibility and if we were more responsible for our interactions in social settings before all the technology (computers, cell phones, etc.) or more responsible after when so many outlets are available to us?

Take for example the movie trailer for  He’s Just Not That Into You
where Drew Barrymore is excited that a guy myspaced her, to which her male colleague then responds that “myspace is the new booty call” . After seeing this and thinking that its probably true (good thing I don’t have myspace :)), I came to the conclusion that we are held accountable for every move and decision when it comes to social media now adays. Before, if he didn’t call, he didn’t call, end of story. But now, he could text you, myspace you, facebook you, etc. How available we have become!

So what do you think? Think we were more responsible for our interactions when all we had was a home phone to call and plan a soiree with a few friends? Or are we more responsible now when one can invite you through a facebook event or text you to remind you and make last minte plans?

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3 responses to “In Your “Face”

  1. I think that we need to be just as aware of our words and actions online as we do in any interpersonal relationship or conversation. However, since we have all these new forms to communicate with one another I think that conmpanies have no excuse not to interact with and listen to their publics. There are many ways to interact and therefore there is no excuse not to. Its kind of like your mom asking you to wash the dishes. Many years ago before the days of dishwashers this may have been a daunting task, but thanks to technology you put them in the dishwasher and press start. Therefore, social media helps companies more than hurts them. Why wash the dishes by hand when you can load and press start? Not to mention if you have a dishwasher and choose to wash the dishes by hand many people may think that you are making things harder on yourself and not being as efficient. After all, time is money.

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  3. I could not agree more about being too available at times. It’s a two edged sword with all of the ways we can be contacted and receive information. Not only can email and notifications be sent directly to a cell phone, which in turn can make someone completely reliant on that, but also all types of social media that are prevalent in our daily lives are present in everything we do and say. It makes being personable with someone almost impossible unless extreme effort is made to see someone in person or actually call and talk to them. Simply texting, emailing, and checking all accounts several times a day usually is what we’re left with.

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