Every year many people perform the loose ritual of making promises to themselves to improve something or another in their life. Many say they will strive to be healthier. Others set more ethereal goals such as “I will live life with no limits in 2012.”
In the past, I’ve always addressed the concept with a whatever-floats-your-boat mentality. In other words, I took a cynical approach to it all believing that most people will not be inspired or disciplined enough to complete their mission and fulfill their goals. It’s negative, I know, but I’ve been a poor study on human nature the last few years with the internet being at the center of our laziness.
Then, I saw this video a few months back and thought that it would be perfect for New Years. Sometimes, the best resolutions are born from a seed planted by a concept. No, I’m not talking about Inception here – nobody’s going dream surfing today. What I mean is this (and here’s where it applies to social media): we spend so much of our time online and with the general abandonment of direct interpersonal interactions with other people, there are many (myself included) who often react to people on the other side of the computer screen differently than I would if I were talking to them face-to-face.
Before you set forth on your New Year’s Resolution, watch this video. Even if it has a minor impact, a small seed planted in the back of your brain reminding you every now and then when you’re ready to breath virtual fire on people through the keyboard, then it will be worth the few minutes it takes to watch.