Imagine being born in the 60s: no computers, mobile phones, or social media channels with infinitely long newsfeeds. Life is simpler, and everyone has privacy. You don’t have to be careful and paranoid when going out, because someone might take a picture of you and post it online. You can genuinely relax and be yourself. That was the time Michael Jordan was born into.
In a recent interview with Cigar Aficionado, Michael Jordan had a chat with Marvin R. Shanken, the founder of several lifestyle publications, including Whisky Advocate, Wine Spectator, and Cigar Aficionado. Not a surprise, considering how much MJ loves cigars.
The two touched on many topics, but the one that most resonated with me was the whole social media privacy issue and the digital world we live in today. Jordan was known for being unbelievably competitive, and he perhaps naturally developed a love for gambling. It is also a wide known fact that when on the road, MJ would go out to the local casino and stay there until dawn gambling his money and partying.
During the interview with Cigar Aficionado, they touched upon Tiger Woods, a good friend of Micheal’s. Here’s what Jordan had to say when asked, where he sees Tiger in terms of his current life situation:
He’s in a transitional period. We athletes, we go through that. Then we have to be adults. We have to make sound decisions; we have to make quality decisions. He is, to me, in a very unique situation. Tiger played at his peak somewhere towards the end of my career. What changed between that time frame to now? Social media, Twitter, all types of things that have invaded the personal time of individuals. I don’t know if I could survive in this Twitter time. Where you don’t have the privacy that you would want, and what seems to be very innocent can always be misinterpreted.
Imagine if MJ were on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during his prime, he would have a hard time handling the pressure and the constant spotlight that current NBA stars like LeBron James and Steph Curry have to go through daily.