Author: Daniel Flad

Is social media pulling people apart? How about relationships?

A new app finally satisfies the desperate need of many men across the nation. It’s called BroApp, and their slogan is that they “Message your girlfriend sweet things so you can spend more time with the bros”.

http://broapp.net/

This app seems to be the new frontier in a world where people are increasingly separated by computer screens and cellphones. The creators of the app probably think that their service is a win win for all. The girls get sweet messages sent to them, and the guys have a little extra free time. However, isn’t it true that it’s the thought that counts? It would seem to me that any girl would object to being given these stock messages rather than heartfelt messages from their partner.

The app even takes precautions to hide itself from a bro’s girlfriend. It uses gps of the phones to make sure that you aren’t WITH your girlfriend when it sends the message! That would give it away immediately. It’s amazing how much effort we can put into creating technology so that we don’t have to put effort into our relationships.

I’m sure we’ve all seen the pictures online or news stories of families and friends “spending time together” when they are really all playing on their phones individually. Is this the way that human relationships will continue to develop? With less and less real interaction, and more interaction over the internet, I believe that we will forget feelings and nuance in favor of a cold world of simple text.

BroApp is just another app that further disconnects people from each other. Even those we care about we choose not to interact with just so that we can have a few extra seconds of free time. Are these new apps and websites destroying the social structure of the world? Only time will tell.

Bridging the Generation Gap with Digital Media

Following up on the mention of TheFineBros Youtube channel, it is amazing what these people are doing with their Youtube presence. TheFineBros have a series of videos in which they expose various groups of people to videos, whether they be funny videos that have gone viral, clips from movies or video games, commercials, or anything else in video form. My two favorite segments of this series are the “kids react” and the “elders react”. In the kids react segments, children from between ages five and fourteen are able to react and respond to various viral videos. However, they don’t just stop at funny videos, but also delve into serious topics such as racism, marriage equality, and politics.

Kids React to Controversial Commercial

Elders react is also a great segment because rather than the innocent that the children provide, the elders usually have strong views on the videos that they watch. Again, they mostly deal with funny videos but also go into serious topics as well.

Elders React to Hunger Games

TheFineBros also have other segments where teenagers and Youtubers react as well, but as I am in or around that age group, I find it less interesting than the kids and the elderly react videos. They allows me to get in touch with how the different generations living around me feel about the things popular in my own culture. The videos also expose the viewers of various ages to these videos, and that makes for a very connected world. All thanks to digital media!