Social Media

Is social media a positive or negative in your life? A lot of people use social media for all the wrong reasons. It started out as a way to connect with friends and family, and maybe meet some new friends, but for some people, it has turned into a way to tear people down. Why are people so negative to complete strangers? Why do people feel that they have a right to criticize and judge people they don’t know, sometimes for no other reason than the other person having a different opinion on something? I believe the reason is because they feel brave and unreachable on a phone or computer screen. I’ve seen people get downright ugly when others have different political views than they do. It’s sad that people behave in such ugly ways. We should be lifting each other up, not tearing each other down. Believe it or not, it’s perfectly okay to disagree with someone and still be kind.

When looking at pictures posted by reality show cast members, I see that there are a lot of people out there who feel free to post rude and hateful comments to them. Why do that to another person? Would you like someone to treat you or your children that way? If you don’t like someone, don’t follow him or her. If you see a post you don’t like, keep scrolling!

I don’t understand how people feel comfortable posting things that they know are not true. I see it all the time. Don’t they know that I know them personally and I know these are lies? It’s baffling. Just because I know a post isn’t true, doesn’t mean I have to make any negative comments about it to the person who posted it. It doesn’t affect me and I wouldn’t want to make anyone look bad to his or her followers.

Do you feel funny about clicking a “like” button when the post is sad or bad news? I do. When I click the like button, what does that mean? Does it mean that I like that you’re sad or that something bad happened to you? No, but I click “like” anyway, as if to say, “I like that you posted this.” Maybe I’m the only one that thinks this way, but it’s kind of confusing.

Wouldn’t it be great if people were more positive on social media and stopped the negativity, hate, and bullying? Being mean and rude on social media says more about the bully than the person being attacked. We can do better!

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