The past few weeks social media has been interesting to watch, from a political point of view to a local point of view. When people are passionate about something, they can use social media in a really good way or a very bad way. Unfortunately, from a local stand point I saw more folks using it in a bad way. Would someone enlighten me as to why people think it is OK to encourage people, through social media, to harass people at work when it has to do with a local “hot” issue? Fellow employees do not deserve to be treated that way and it makes my stomach churn, as this is the world we now live in. Because we have Facebook, people think that it’s OK to post anything and everything. Wrong- it’s not.
Respect goes a long way when it comes to our world today. It should not be a secret that respect is the key word to many successful happenings all around us. We have many people that think it’s fun to take photos of others and share them through social media. Chances are that 99% of the people posting the photo have no clue who the person in the photo is. Photo shaming is becoming a serious issue. Before you share a picture through social media, ask yourself if you would want the photo posted if it were you in the photo.
You all know that I love social media and I love that we are all intertwined through this fun maze. We reconnect with classmates from years ago, we find new business partners and we even get to take virtual tours that seemed impossible a few years back. I wish and maybe it’s a dream, that people would respect and accept others in a community.
The past month, I have watched social media divide the community that I live in. I do hope that time will heal some of what has taken place. Social media was the avenue of many disrespectful comments, harassment issues and just plain lack of empathy.
I hope that you will make a more conscientious effort to listen and not toss out words through social media. It’s proven, when we listen, we all become better people. Often times, the conversation belongs sitting at a table and not through Facebook. Those face to face conversations still matter. Remember, as the famous Mary Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Something to ponder as our community heals.