Why have we become so reactive?

I wrote a post a couple of days ago discussing a newly released television series titled Beef. When I was researching the show to determine the names of the actors and actresses that portray the show’s characters, I skimmed through some reviews, and one caught my attention as a result of its wording.

As I mentioned in my post about the show, the entire plot is based on a road rage encounter between the two main characters, and the review in question that snagged my interest made reference to how this show is a reflection of contemporary society in the sense it emphasizes how reactive we have become, and the almost guaranteed consequences that follow emotional and physical reactiveness.

I can’t pinpoint the driving force behind our reactiveness, but I absolutely feel as though we have collectively become a hell of a lot more hostile towards rather average situations than we used to be, and I think this could be related to the pandemic. I’ve read some things here and there suggesting social media is to blame, and while I don’t think social media is the sole perpetrator behind all of us having our knickers in a knot over stupid shit, I don’t think it has helped the situation. The biggest issue with social media, or any online platform, for that matter, is that things can be said in response to something without serious repercussions, or rather, unseen repercussions, versus something very physical and tangible.

Social media, in this context, certainly ain’t doing us any favours when it comes to navigating confrontation.

I’ve found myself saying to Blaine and my family that I’m getting pissy about things that don’t warrant pissy behaviour, and I don’t think I’m the only one. I do believe, however, that a lot of us are more reactive than ever, and I don’t see how this is an advantageous thing.

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