Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is not a fan of social media. In fact, he thinks it's "ruining this country."
After scoring a major win against Texas on Saturday night, Coach Gundy dumped all over social media platforms when a sports reporter asked about criticisms of his quarterback emerging on platforms like Twitter.
"I give a rat's a** about Twitter," Gundy stated bluntly, followed by blowing a raspberry.
"It's a platform for people who are sitting at home drawing an unemployment check sitting in front of a keyboard," he continued. This, too, was followed by a fart noise by the coach.
"I'm not disregarding what you’re saying. Trust me, I get it in my own house," Gundy told the reporter before diagnosing social media as what's plaguing America.
"But, I mean, I just kind of felt like social media and Twitter is what is destroying this country anyway. So that’s how I feel about it. From politics to sports to whatever," he said.
Social media "gives people a platform to b**** and then other people are like needling it and they’re sitting at home and they’re late on a payment," he added, describing the ubiquitous online outrage culture.
"So, anyway, that’s how I feel," he said.
Social media obviously has its perks, particularly for those suffering under the thumb of oppressive leaders — that is, if they are allowed access to it.
But it's also fair to acknowledge just how toxic platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be. Over the years, we have seen division widen over faux outrage generated via social media. Such platforms make so-called "virtue signaling" — showing off one's virtue — easier than ever; and the best way to show virtue is to show faux outrage over something trivial. Being offended is currency in the world of identity politics foisted upon us by the Left, after all.
Another harmful side effect of social media is how isolated it has made our youth — children who have not known a world without social media. Studies have shown increased risks of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and suicides in children and teens; social media is often suggested to be a major contributing factor.
"Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," reported The New York Post in 2017, noting that the study "suggests that one factor could be rising social media use."
The study highlights the rise in cyberbullying and the false depiction of "perfect" lives on applications that make others feel inadequate, reeking havoc on their mental health.
"After hours of scrolling through Instagram feeds, I just feel worse about myself because I feel left out," said Caitlin Hearty, a Colorado high school senior, drawing awareness to the issues associated with extensive social media use.
Another 17-year-old, Chloe Schilling, spoke to the inauthentic nature of social media: "No one posts the bad things they’re going through," she said, according to the Post.
"We need to stop thinking of smartphones as harmless," argued Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and an author of the study. "There’s a tendency to say, 'Oh, teens are just communicating with their friends.' Monitoring kids' use of smartphones and social media is important, and so is setting reasonable limits."