I liked the idea of a whole series of blogs about the world that WE created, because we have done many positive and negative things, and it is interesting to observe these changes. So without further adieu, this is what I think about the world that WE created concerning the evolution of what consider “socially acceptable”.
Alright. I have to admit to something first. I asked girls out on MSN as a teenager. Yeah, I admit it, and back then that wasn’t really a sign that you had swag, but boy have things changed. Now, not only is it “Socially acceptable” to ask someone out over Facebook, text, or instant messaging (of course it is still SUPER UNCOOL to break up using these methods), but also, internet dating has become something far bigger than any of us would have admitted even five years ago.
This is another world we built. Once again it is very accepting in this aspect. We don’t judge people for asking others out online or through messaging services anymore. What’s particular funny about this though is that something that was super uncool years ago is now pretty much everyone considers cool or just ‘whatever’ about it. I would be willing to bet that anyone reading this has asked someone out by means of one of the mentioned methods. It is amazing how rapidly socially popular things can change, just look at where fashion has been in the last thirty years for example, or go even fifty years back. Geographically that’s not a very long time, but holy smokes have things changed.
Back to my main point however, also notice how rapidly online dating services have changed recently and how much they have grown. Millions of people are using online dating, and eHarmony and others have their own commercials now for crying out loud! I just get sick of being told how they met over and over, they make a commercial too personal you know? Anyways, getting side tracked again. Millions of people are still using these sites and meeting significant others and it is astounding that this too is becoming “socially acceptable”.
This change of pace has me feeling even more hope for the future. Sure, more things will be uncool tomorrow, then maybe the next day it will be fine. Change can be good. This is something I wish to highlight through this series of Blogs. Despite all the bad in the world, we are also opening our minds to more things, and moving forward in what is considered socially acceptable, or socially unacceptable. Freedoms are becoming something we fight to protect, and isn’t that what life is all about? Now when I look back at my teenaged self, I don’t really consider that as uncool as I felt it was at the time, now I consider it a bit more like me being the start of a new outlook.