Social Media Makes the World Small. It’s Not That Deep

worldMy good friend belongs to the same dance troupe as the now-wife of my first lover, and has been for a year or so now. I know this thanks to some photos my friend has shared on Instagram. (C’est la vie.)

This past weekend, I went to a bar downtown and friended a guy who runs in the same musical circle as the childhood neighbor I’d play four-handed piano with on Tuesday nights after Bible study. (Just a happy coincidence.)

Just this afternoon at my day job, I came across the portfolio of someone whose name I immediately recognized from work I follow on social and creative media platforms. (Well, all right, then.)

I realize that these interactions pack a little less punch than, say, going to the deli or car wash and bumping into someone who just happens to be a friend of a friend of someone you used to know. However, these instances were just intimate enough that I’d be lying if I claimed that I wasn’t the least bit affected. But due to the modern web of social media, it only makes sense that these worlds would collide directly, and at times violently, into mine.

A few years ago, I might have viewed the above occurrences as chance, or maybe even a sign of the past being manifested as a present branching-off of a celestial event. I wouldn’t be the only one, either — perhaps you would feel similarly. With the wealth of exciting activity occurring in the universe this month that will continue to be observed from our vantage point on Earth, it’s only understandable. 

But let’s really think about it: Anyone can be found on the internet. As of March 2017, statistics suggest that at least half of the world’s population has access to the internet. Interactions such as the ones above are really not that random. It’s just that individually-drawn, personal associations are powerful enough in convincing people otherwise.

As for me, right now, I subscribe to the fact that the world is small as a result of the internet’s far reach — nothing more, or less. 

It’s kind of fun, fascinating, maybe even thrilling. But it’s also really not that deep.

I’m an Idiot: ArmorSuit Military Shield Product Review

I’ve only had the ArmorSuit Military Shield for 18 hours and can already tell you that it’s one of the best products out there for protecting your smart device’s screen. I can tell you this with absolute assurance because I am a complete idiot.

I ordered the product on Thursday after reading about it on Digital Trends – it was at the top of the list, so naturally, I found it on Amazon and purchased it for the awesome price of $7.85 + tax. When it arrived on Friday afternoon, I was so giddy that I just had to put it on right away.

The instructions on their website are super clear and easy to follow: Basically you power off your smart device, wipe the screen with microfiber cloth, spray a spray bottle solution on the non-adhesive side of the product, then the adhesive side, lay it on, then smooth out the bubbles with an applicator. (All of the above tools come in the product’s package.). Ideally, this should be done before bed so that the product has time to dry and adhere to the screen.

Well, I did all of this last night, and was really glad to have found a solution to my screen troubles. I was about to call it a night when I randomly received a call last minute to go out with friends. No biggie, I figured; I’d just be careful with my smart phone and have a good time. So I did and all was fine and dandy.

I woke up this morning to look at my phone, as the ArmorSuit should have dried and been good to go. I really couldn’t believe just how amazing my screen looked — I couldn’t see where the screen protector ended any my screen itself began. I was really impressed with the product and geared up to give them five stars on Amazon.

Little did I know that it was definitely too good to be true, as the screen protector had SLID OFF in my clutch at some point last night. Not only that, but it had folded upon itself and adhered to bar receipts, a book of matches, and a pack of gum.

I freaked out. OF COURSE this would happen. I was thoroughly distraught. I started to peel the paper off the shield, thinking I’d ruined it — game over, time to but a new one. Then I thought, well, why not at least try to salvage it? I can always buy another if I have to. (Now keep in mind, ArmorSuit has a lifetime warranty on their products, but I would have totally purchased another because I’m that idiot that ruins things in less than 24 hours.)

So I gave it a shot and  basically did everything you’re not supposed to do:

I put soap on the adhesive side and rubbed it vigorously.

I used a scrubby pad to get the red dye from the Trident gum package off.

I lathered and scrubbed, and lathered and scrubbed, lathered and scrubbed some more.

And this product just TOOK it. There may be the teensiest scratch in the entire thing, but if there is, I can’t see it.

After a good hour of this, I was able to repeat the application steps and let it dry as I’ve been going about my chores this beautiful Saturday.

I am highly impressed by this product because it has withstood me, an idiot. I really thought I’d ruined it, but its technology kept me from doing so. Do yourself a solid and keep ArmorSuit and its Military Shield products on your radar. 10/10, would wreck again.