Driving new forms of social interation, dialogue, exchange and collaboration, social media now leaves a huge impact on people's lives. Over 60% of internet-connected individuals now participate in social media of some form. Twitter was once a place where people could read about someone else's cat, now it provides breaking news.
Aoibheann will be part of a new generation of people who will come to accept its existence and instinctively conform - like her father accepted Disney, subbuteo, the Monarchy, Pot Noodle, Capitalism and lawn darts. No matter whether she disapproves of, or embraces the ramifications of, she will blindly follow billions of people into an expansive connection.
Aoibheann will be informed of what to expect and she will receive information based on past experiences, beliefs, and empirical evidence. Nothing has really surprised Aoibheann about how an internet-based social psychology works. Take facebook for instance. She's neither vexed nor shocked by the content and how people interact. It comes as little surprise to her that some people remain disingenuous, unable to empathise, ignorant, ultra-materialistic, ultimately selfish and often deceitful whilst displaying their status in an attempt to proclaim recognition and reverence. The almost anticipated abhorrent actions of human beings and the attempt to markets oneself are indicative of a world we have inherited. The regular suffering and the contradictions of life are what we have all been conditioned to accept.
But, despite what is perceived to be acceptable, through the duality of inequality and exploitation amidst a desire for justice and peace - that which is anticipated and consciously embraced on a daily basis - what Aoibheann cannot prepare herself for, and what she cannot abide is: 'THE F@C%IN ' INCESSANT REQUESTS AND INVITATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN FACEBOOK GAMES!!'