PSA: Social Media Dependency and Lockdown — The Violent Aftermath.

Taylor J. Bottles
3 min readMay 2, 2022
Image Source: The New York Post

I’m not sure about you, but since experiences and events are opening up to in-person attendance, I am seeing an increasing want for people to — fight each other.

From Baseball —

To that thing with Chris Rock and Will Smith…

and most recently Mike Tyson making headlines (again)

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My theory is this — while in isolation, we became so dependent on interacting with people through social media, which tends to not hold physical consequences for words in a digital space — we forgot that those same interactions equate to different reactions in the “real” world, and people have never been more eager to get back into the real world.

Harassing Mike Tyson on Twitter may not get you bruised, but doing it to his face on an airplane…different result.

To be clear I am not advocating for violent retribution ( Mike Tyson was convicted of violent rape in 1992 and had the whole biting the ear off incident — so please remember this example is just for relevancy and context) but more so attempting to illustrate what seems to be a breakdown of reality post-pandemic. As once tangible things become less tangible i.e.- dollar bills to doge coins, meeting at a coffee shop to meeting in the Metaverse, we have to understand that the law of action/reaction performs differently in these arenas.

Creating a meme comparing an opposing team to trash on the internet — could be funny. Throwing trash at that team on the field? Stupid and classless.

Now listen, I know people have been throwing hay-makers at each other since the dawn of time, and in some cases, covid lock-up may just have awoken the social-stupid…