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And indeed, as people tuned in to their headphones they tuned out all else around them, including other humans. We type at each other on Facebook and Twitter, look at the pictures and watch the videos. Let me be the first to raise my hand and admit that I most certainly pick up the phone less often and attend fewer social gatherings these days.
And yes, I can make a clear, conscious connection between that and the fact that I’ve already seen what all of those people are up to on Facebook this week.
I was, and remain, astonished by what I saw repeat itself over and over again.
I mean, when I was in college and living at the beach during the summer, I’m fairly sure my friends and I didn’t miss ANY of the girls who came within 200 yards of us.
Back at school, if a girl dared wear red underwear beneath white pants our entire dormitory new about it by lunchtime.
Hell, I remember guys in pickup trucks hanging out of windows and hollering at my MOM when I was about four or five years old.
Given the sheer abundance of videos and images of whatever kind of woman you’d like buck naked and having sex online—and the on-demand availability of it, for free—have we as guys really just become immune to anything less?
Perhaps the more interesting question is this: Have we actually gotten to the point where an image on our computer screen is a more potent stimulus than a real, live woman?
We’ve all been to a corporate seminar that warned us as such.
The result is that we as men have been successfully conditioned to leave women the hell alone.
Add it all up and it could very well be that we’re all being brainwashed into flat-out ignoring people in real life. I made sure to make this a blog post instead of a regular newsletter because I really, seriously would love to hear your opinion.