Want a jolting dose of reality? The kind that gives you a remarkable – if not jaded – insight into our culture? Hit the “Nearby” button on Twitter. Especially when I’m traveling, I’ll use the “Nearby” button on my iPhone Twitter app and take a look at what people in a 1-5 mile range are saying out there. To say it’s depressing is an understatement. Call me out of touch, but I tried it at the DFW Airport the other day and found a porn actress discussing sex positions, a couple fighting (on Twitter no less,) incredible profanity, blatant sexual chatter, and what looked like a drug deal.
You may think the Twitter-verse is populated with intellectuals like you pushing the boundaries of responsible digital communication. But an occasional “Nearby” session will remind you about the coarse, ugly, hyper sexual culture we live in today.
And did I mention bad grammar? (And I don’t mean interesting abbreviations). Unbelievable.
Try it. I’d love to hear your experience.