I think we could all use a reminder of “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I have seen so many hateful things on social media, and it makes me sad.
Let’s be mindful of what we say about others on social media. If you have a problem with someone, talk to them privately instead of arguing with them on a post or flat out posting about how angry you are at them. And for goodness sakes, don’t screenshot and share a private conversation. I’ve seen that done too. It’s just flat-out disrespectful and mean.
Social media is a place to be social, not hateful and angry. Before you post about someone, please stop and ask yourself if you want someone posting that about you. If you make a mistake, get hot-headed, or just do something stupid, do you want it shared for all to see? Do you want your name dragged through the mud?
I sure don’t. I’ve had it done to me. I’ve been bashed on social media, more than once, by people who were my friends. To top it off, other friends added to it, and they only knew what they were being told. What was posted was a complete exaggeration and, of course, only told one side of the story. They most certainly didn’t tell the part they played in it.
Let’s remember that as well when we read something about someone else. We are only seeing one side of the story. We don’t know what that person did to cause someone’s poor reaction. We only know what is being shared. So, please fight the urge to respond on hateful posts or share them. Don’t be a part of bashing somebody.
Deleting doesn’t mean forgetting. You may post when you are upset and then delete it after you’ve calmed down. However, those who already saw it already saw it. Deleting the post doesn’t make them un-see it or immediately forget it. This is why you should not post when you are all worked up about something or someone. You can’t undo the damage done once others see it.
I know it’s all too easy to want to tell others when we have been hurt or wronged. It’s too easy to just click share and spread the hate thinking that we are supporting a friend. Could we just stop?
I’m challenging you, friends. Make a difference. Stop liking, commenting on, and sharing hateful posts. If you’re going to spread something on social media, let it be kindness and cheer.
And if you’re upset, be quiet…