Forget Kanye West’s “808’s and Heartbreak”, heartbreak isn’t half as cool in the Digital Age.
An article by Penny K
Yesterday while chowing down lunch alone, I saw a group of students gathering outside the restaurant where presumably they had just had their meal. They were splitting the cost of lunch, whipping out wallets and tapping on their mobile phone calculators. One of them, a girl, was isolated in a corner, on the phone and crying.
Teenaged lovers having their hearts broken and crying in public places is no uncommon sight. Adults having theirs broken and crying in the privacy of their homes or even toilet cubicles is just as prevalent. The truth is if you’re going to be in love, you will get your heart broken.
But there’s something that makes being in love in this digital day and age that makes breaks and aches all the more painful. With various online platforms that allow you to broadcast down to the second what you’re up to, it’s hard to keep your private life to yourself.
Say your boyfriend is cheating on you, while he may not be stupid enough (though he may just be) to upload a picture of himself and the girl, she may. Some tags and several clicks later, you might just end up finding out about the scandal.
Some of you must already be thinking: that makes it beneficial then since it helps me find out what my other half is up to. Well yes, but now so can the rest of the world, bringing a whole new meaning to all-seeing eye.
It doesn’t end there. A Facebook user’s “Relationship Status” field can also be wielded as a powerful tool of revenge. Switch it from “In a Relationship” to “Single”. Not enough? Write on your Wall: Goodbye sucker, you were crap in bed anyway. Still not satisfied? Repeat steps for your Twitter account or blog – the options are endless!
Relationships come, they wither, and they go; it’s all part of the process but the digital age makes this process more painful, filling it with more vengeance, jealousy and the kind of psychotic surveillance Big Brother can only dream of.