Hint: For all our technological advancement, we still ain’t nothin’ but mammals.
Men are creatures of habit, and there isn’t a more habit-forming apparatus than social media. From the omnipresent Facebook to blogs upon blogs of opinions, to constant broadcasts from the Twitterverse, we are exposed to by-the-minute updates covering all aspects of our lives. How men interact with this deluge of information and its inherent rules confirms some fundamental characteristics about manhood that we already knew—and tells us some things that may not be acknowledged often enough.
1. 120 characters is a lot more comfortable than group therapy.
Men are famous for not reading, not emoting, and being unwilling to talk. But social media has created a comfort zone where men communicate about things they might not otherwise. What that tells us is that men are actually more complex and more feeling than we are given credit for, as the safety of technology and the tweet frees us from our usual caveman-like grunts. Daddy bloggers swap stories about changing diapers, men actually exchange dating advice, and men talk about books—albeit in headline tweet format. Perhaps men are deeper than we let on.
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