What happened to love? Has it become a thing of the past, subject to us reflecting on its heyday in the mid '90s? When it was cool to lay up with your lady and not go to the club. When chivalry was appreciated and not deemed "thirst." There was a time we wanted validation from our significant other before we looked elsewhere.
Marriage has become one of the more debatable subjects in society, especially for those of us in our mid to late 20s and older. Feels like we are in a generation that sees marriage less as an investment and more as a temporary “situation” that can be dissolved with one call to your neighborhood lawyer. The time of long, late night conversations have become a mere 5 letters and an emoji in a text before one drifts off into another night of sleeping alone. The art of flirting has even changed. We are now subjected to eye candy and Instagram filters that only offer a surface-friendly satisfaction, coupled with superficial validation offered through a double tap of your screen. Sounds a bit melancholy, if you ask me.
I like to refer to these times as the “Instagram Era.” A time where updating your relationship status on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram claims more importance than solidifying the status of your personal relationships. Seems as if our obsession with each other is at an all-time high, but how we make those connections is less personal. This isn’t a problem that can’t be fixed by any means, we just have to identify the issues and work on creating solutions to spread love to everyone. Here are the 10 reasons how the definition of “love” has changed during the “Instagram Era.”
10 Instagram Models
9 Memes of Death
8 Selling Beauty and Sex Appeal
7 Popularity Rules the Internet
6 The Texting is the New Talking
5 Divorce is So Easy
4 Internet Offers Early Exposure to More Than Just Sex
3 Generation of Broken Homes
2 The End of Personal Connection
1 The “Bathroom” Selfie
Over exposure is the name of the game. Why should we pursue our crushes if they give us a sample of what we can have every day for free on Instagram? This generation is fascinated with the bathroom selfie - you know, the arched back pose where they attempt to make a deep, wise caption that has nothing to do with them sitting in the mirror with their new Victoria's Secret lingerie. Lingerie they have no one else to show because they are busy showing it to the world. Crazy how the world works like that. Don’t get me wrong, this country is littered with beautiful women who I adore with a passion and I would hope to not distort their need to seek attention. If this is you, feel free to contact me, I pass no judgement and maybe I just need some clear understanding. That being said, it is a new year, maybe it is time we generate some Instagram etiquette out here. I’m not saying I am going to do it, but if it is done I would surely abide.
We are thrust full throttle into an age of technology and information prowess. We have the ability to communicate with people throughout the world with the click of a button. Facetime and Skype have made it simple to see your loved ones at any point that we feel, as long as you have good internet connection of course. These happen to be the 10 biggest reasons I think “love” has been altered over the last five to ten years. The “Instagram Era” needs reconciliation, it is time we work on creating physical and mental love with the people in our lives.
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