Easter Sermon: biting the hands that feed

What far-reaching consequences await social interaction? How are we affected by speed-reading’s indifference and swiping’s prolonged disinterest? What might we infer from misinterpretation? And how might insatiable social presence and instantaneous communication alter our personalities?

As technology advances faster than human adaptation, information omnipresence renders waiting, procrastination and, indeed, serendipity obsolete. Is that a good thing?

A cursory glance at social platforms’ opinion empowerment reveals the potential for major decline in judicious standards. Does the deluge of information exceed our capacity to separate fact, perception, truth and reality? Are we engaged in a race to interpret everything illogically?

Whether we relish social media or not, we must retain good judgement and discretion; or we allow it to rationalise irrationality and encourage our worst behaviours. Good social media citizenship is being ahead of the curve, recognising worrying trends that we could halt, and even reverse, before they become established.

To gain most benefit from social media, we must learn to be antifragile—we improve society and ourselves through proper response to negativity, volatility, stress and shock.