This was going to be a long Facebook post but instead it has become a short blog post.
Remember in the 90's when Amazon.com first started and we were all nervous to shop online? Everyone was distrustful about putting their private information on the internet. People didn't want to use real names on their email accounts.
Now I buy my favorite lentil soup and the soup guy swipes my card on an iPad which withdraws money and puts it into his account. (That's Kamasouptra's soup if you're interested in trying it out.) I don't even think twice about putting my social security number into an online MFA program application. Our entire lives are on a digital cloud.
The world has changed, the social conscience has changed, so quickly in regards to this. Of course, one could argue that we've changed because internet security has changed, but that doesn't make it any less amazing. We grew so trusting of the internet. We went from computers being in offices to computers being in our pockets faster than we realized how horrible aquanet hairstyles were.
So my question is, what OTHER social norms could change so quickly if we found them convenient enough?
For instance, Amanda Palmer posted a very personal Ice Bucket Challenge video and the majority of the comments were about her armpit hair. Not the dead relative she was talking about. How quickly could we change social norms regarding armpit hair if we recognized how much more convenient it is to not shave? (By the way, I haven't owned a razor in over a decade. Just thought I'd say that now before there was any question of where I stand on this topic.)
If we decided, as a collective whole, that it was more convenient to look at nude photos of women who willingly had their photos taken than it is to look at stolen photos could we make photo leaks nonessential?
If it became more convenient to eat homegrown, whole foods could we do away with chemicals and processed foods?
If we decided as a collective conscience that we had no room in our lives to tolerate wastefulness could we feed the starving?
Okay, two sentences in a row about food. It's time for breakfast. Just wanted to throw out some food for thought (heh) this morning.