Why have these fundamental shifts occurred?
Schulman had a lot to say about how we connect to people today as opposed to twenty years ago. The way most of us choose to communicate now requires less active engagement with other people and offers much less exposure to vulnerability. How much easier is it to break-up with a partner via text message rather than doing it in-person and having to deal with the emotional fallout? Isn't it less humiliating to be rejected by a stranger on the internet instead of a fellow partygoer you have to look in the eyes?
|Talk about being alone in a group.|
Catfish: The TV Show gives us a glimpse into some of the dangers and drawbacks to becoming so involved with our online lives and relationships that we ignore our real ones. Being present for all of life's moments is more important than documenting them for others to experience second-hand. The people you know online but have never interacted with face-to-face are probably not the people who will be attending your wedding or showing-up at your loved one's funeral.
Schulman's number one recommendation for Millennials about the way they engage online? "You don't need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of."
Watch the full discussion here:
Larry King Now
*I wrote this article before news of Schulman's 2006 arrest went viral. Yet another example of how information is disseminated on the internet. This controversy will have to be explored in another post.