If one wanted to find somewhere to eat or they wanted to buy some new clothes, for instance, there is a strong chance that they will either use their device or they might go out and look for somewhere. One might choose the first option if they are somewhere they haven’t been before and they are in a rush, for instance.
But if they are somewhere that is familiar to them and they are not in a rush, they might just end up choosing the second option. When this happens, it could be said that they will be relying on themselves.
In The Past
However, if one wanted to find somewhere in the past, they may have looked through a paper, and if this this option wasn’t available, they would have had to go out and look for themselves. Along with this, they could also have asked someone else where something was.
One way of looking at this would be to say that they were more dependent on other sources of information. Nowadays, one doesn’t need to look in a paper or to talk to anyone else, and they don’t need to waste their time looking for somewhere either.
So if one was around when it wasn’t possible for them to access the internet on a device, they are going to know how different it was. Therefore, while they may use a device to find things, they may still have moments where they think about how their life used to be.
Whereas if one wasn’t around during this time, they are not going to know what it is like to experience life differently. But if they do, it could be something that they have experienced when their device was being repaired.
This is not the only thing that has changed in today’s world; the other thing that has changed is that one can also hare their experience online by using social media. Before, one would have generally shared their experience with the people they knew.
As a result of this, their experience would only have been shared with a small number of people. This is not to say that it would have stayed this way, as the people they told could also have ended up telling other people.
A Big Difference
Nowadays, not only can they share their experience with the people they know; they can also share it online. And while this means that they will still be sharing it with people they know, it also means that they will be sharing it with people they don’t know.
This is because it is not uncommon for people to have ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ who they haven’t actually met. And even if they have met them, it doesn’t mean that they actually know them.
Thousands of People
One can then share something they have experienced at a restaurant, coffee shop or a garage, for instance, and it might only be a matter of time before thousands of people know about what took place. In fact, it could mean that millions of people read about what has happened and this is because other people can share their status.
But even if they were to simply ‘like’ their status or to leave a comment, it can still lead to the same outcome. Along with this, there is also the chance that a media outlet will come across their experience and end up sharing it with millions of people.
Bad News Sells
It is well known that if one has a bad experience, they are more likely to share it than if they had a good experience. Based on this, it could be said that one is more likely to share a negative experience online.
There is also a greater chance of the media sharing an experience if it is negative, and this is because they know how the human mind works. So through sharing their experience online, they are likely to feel as though they are getting their own back, and the support they get from others could be the icing on the cake, so to speak.
An Emotional Response
If one shares their experience almost straight away and doesn’t take the time to settle themselves down, it could be said that they are being controlled by their emotions. It is then not going to be possible for them to think about what kind of effect this might have on them and the business they are complaining about.
Also, when someone else reads what they have shared, they could also have an emotional reaction. So even if one has made something up it might not matter, and this is because some of the people who read it are not going to take the time to think about what they are reading, and they might not even take the time to see if what they are reading about actually took place.
This is then going to be similar to one person telling another to jump and without thinking, they end up jumping. One way of looking at this would be to say that they have lost their self-control and that they are being controlled by someone else.
But even if they were not making it up and they wanted to share something that took place, they could take the time to reflect on what they are trying to achieve. And this is because once something goes online; it can end up having a negative effect on a business.
Now, if one is in an emotional state, this could be the last thing on their mind; in fact they may hope that this is something that does take place. However, if this was to happen, a number of people might end up losing their jobs and the business could even go out of business, and this would mean that even more people would be out of a job.
As to how many people would lose their job can all depend on: if it is a small business or a business that is based in a number of locations. Thus, if one was to empathise with the person or the business that let them down, they might decide to take a different approach.
Through seeing how much damage they could do through sharing their experience online, they might decide to speak to the person or the business that is at fault. This will then give them the opportunity to deal with what has taken place without destroying a business in the process.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.