February 07, 2014

The social media honky phenom

There are a few different definitions for the slang term honky, but most folks are familiar with the  Wikipedia definition of "white men who would honk their car horns and wait for black prostitutes to come outside in urban areas in the early 1910s."  We are not sure if these white men were just too lazy to get out of their cars or felt embarrassed about being in that situation, but being lazy or embarrassed seems to now drive folks on social media channels to look for shortcuts too.  Instead of responding to that other person or re-tweeting an interesting update, it gets simply favored.  The same on LinkedIn where folks apparently can't spend the time to recommend or communicate otherwise with a person, so instead they just endorse.  And on Facebook would it be so hard to actually to leave a relevant comment versus just hitting the Like button?   So come on now, don't be a social media honky.

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