Since the beginning of time humans have been driven to compete. In some part of our makeup lives a wire constantly sending messages, be the best. People live with the false idea that we must compete against one another: for best athlete, most liked, or least gossiped about. While the mere idea of competing is not harmful, it can easily turn into an ugly game. The competition of likes and retweets has turned into an arena powered by bullies hiding behind a 5 X 3-inch screen. What may have been created with good intentions is now paved with dirty secrets and twisted truths. All people who are present on social media should be held responsible for maintaining a healthy environment.
Likes, Retweets, and Shares
Everything that was once posted or deleted can be seen by many. Every post that hits the digital world is seen and re-shared for others to digest the information. Once someone has published their content, it is out there for the world to see. Even after something has been “removed,” the impact remains. A negative comment or inappropriate picture can easily make its rounds to multiple parties. Likes, retweets, and shares encourage conversation – both positive and negative. Becoming conscious users, before posting something detrimental, will make for a more positive playground for creative users.
Screenshots, Group Chats, and Locker Room Talk
What happens on social media does not simply remain on a screen. People often take screenshots and send them to others to inform them of whatever gossip they deem juicy. Group chats isolate the subject and make for an easy way to attack a defenseless victim. People live to not only come in first place, but to ensure that no one else will be there beside them. Our competitive nature can lead to the putting down of others on social media, and often extends the conversation into the locker room. The game of “who’s hottest” or “least attractive” is determined by likes and by laughs, both on social media and outside. Having a conscious mind before posting a negative comment eliminates the nasty talk inside and outside of the cyber-world.
Bullies exist because we allow them to. By being conscious players on social media, we can also be conscious consumers. When something cruel or unkind is read online, do not sit back and let it happen. Be proactive. Be conscious of what you post and speak out when someone else is not playing by the rules. Take your competitive side and use social media not as a competition, but as a way for others to thrive beside you. The cyber world is not meant to be driven by trolls, rather it is meant to be used by those who are open minded and accepting. Every like, retweet, and share makes an impact. When you see someone crossing the line, cross it too – but only to tell them to play nice. Bullies hide behind a screen, but you have the power to shatter the social norm of silence and eliminate the cyber world of cyber bullies.
Published by GetnSocial