While at a work meeting or getting a coffee, a person can practically annihilate a person’s self esteem .This, because vulgarity, rudeness and all-out prejudice thinly veiled under the pretense of “honesty,” has sadly become the status quo.“I would’ve given her more of my time, but I was obsessed with three guys on Grindr whom I hadn’t even yet met.
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But whereas Facebook at least requires somewhat of a sense of transparency and accountability, apps like Grindr allow the user to operate under the guise of anonymity.
This, unfortunately, plays into a darker side of our psyche that takes an unfiltered and inhumane approach to human interaction where the user treats other users like players in a sexual video game.
This isn’t a macro problem, it comes down to a micro decision of an individual to treat others like humans instead of virtual sex bots and balance your own virtual communication with your three dimensional life.
So, if you believe that you are a nice guy in person, make sure your virtual self isn’t a total douche.
It’s pointless to try and argue the validity of apps like Grindr and Scruff in today’s gay culture.
Whether we like it or not, social media is on a fast track to being the primary way in which we communicate with one another.
“The chatting was getting sexual and before meeting him I disclosed my HIV status.
He responded with ‘you're disgusting.’ I replied he was ignorant for his age.
But the widespread adoption of social media “hook-up” communication hasn’t only negatively influenced the way we virtually communicate, it has also spilled into our real life relationships.