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Recently in Charlotte, N.C., Presidential candidate Donald Trump asked Black voters “what they had to lose by voting for him” in an attempt to appeal to the African-American population.“What do you have to lose by trying something new?” the highly controversial candidate asked, scanning a sea of faces. “I will fix it.”

Consecutively, news broke out in Chicago that Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot while walking a baby stroller. Trump took to twitter with the following commentary:

What then followed, unsurprisingly, was a stream of backlash from people stating that the presidential candidate had gone too far. This is not the first time the business man has said something completely insensitive, and probably not the last.

So why are we seemingly shocked by Trump’s disposition every time he opens his mouth? We live in a society where social media serves as a platform to spew thoughts and ideas.

When we are fervently governed by our opinions, we take to our “virtual voices” and channel those emotions to an audience. Though a string of 100+ comments, we agree with one Facebook friend we barely talked to in person that Colin Kaepernick was channeling his First Amendment rights—only after a quick google search to make sure that it is, in fact, the First Amendment, and not like, the third.

All of a sudden, we are experts on politics behind a screen. Thanks to Facebook’s recent addition of emoticons, we can now “angry” a status we disagree with. No, I don’t like Trump, one user states through simply “angrying” a post. That, in itself is the power that one click holds.

We have to remind that one Facebook friend that passionately insists that Obama should run for office again that the 22nd Amendment prohibits him the right to do so.

Seemingly, it feels like by scrolling through our Facebook home pages, we are met with ecstatic individuals posting lengthy statuses on the political campaign. That post is then followed by a quantity of 111 likes. To the user, he has won the internet. It’s now time to log off.

As a student, a college classroom is a perfect example of an environment where ideas and discussions are freely channeled. We have students that are active online, as well as in person. We have students that are inactive on social media and would rather discuss their views in the classroom. Then we have those that have plenty to say online but stand mute in the midst of other humans.

Are we increasingly becoming a virtual society, slowly dwindling away from human interaction? According to an article posted on telegraph.co.uk, “One in four people spend more time socializing online than they do in person.”

Seemingly, human interaction has become a burden. Perhaps we are becoming more comfortable behind our screens, or technology is just purely taking over our minds. Do you think that engaging in discussion online is limiting our human interaction or advancing interaction?

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