Sometimes I think: “I should dump all my social media accounts.”
I get irritated by people tweeting or posting about foods I should or shouldn’t eat. Sometimes one post telling me that I SHOULD eat a certain food is followed quickly by another telling me that I should NEVER eat the food. It’s irksome.
And people can be horrible. Hateful. Mean.
But I don’t dump my social media accounts.
All those contradictory food posts make me realize how much I trust my body to let me know what it needs.
And people can be so wonderful. Inspirational. Kind.
I decided to ask my circle of social media acquaintances for their thoughts. The results wouldn’t stand up to scientific method scrutiny, but they represent an overall picture of the situation. And that is:
For every bad, there is a flip side of good.
We don’t like:
- HATE that is easy to spread, aided by anonymity. “I do not like how cruel and thoughtless people can be when not face to face,” one person said. “How quick to judge, and attack, how divisive some posts can be.”
- FALSE NEWS and rumours
- SHALLOW “LOOK AT ME” POSTS, sometimes mindless and trivial
- ADS and blatant self-promotion
- HOW IT ENCOURAGES US TO CONSTANTLY COMPARE OUR LIVES TO OTHERS
- HOW IT WASTES OUR TIME
But then, we stick with it because all those things have a flip side. We like:
- ALL THE LOVE AND CONNECTION, with friends, family, distant connections and people we wouldn’t connect with otherwise. “The other side of that the hate] is how kind strangers can be; how supportive and uplifting,” one friend said. Another added, “I’ve developed supportive friendships around the world and have met several of them.”
- USEFUL INFORMATION, breaking news, information in emergencies, recommendations for services, event notifications, genuinely happy news from friends, and hobby groups.
- PEARLS OF WISDOM AND INSPIRATION, intellectual stimulation
- PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE, finding out about something we need
- THE BOOST we get from others who share their creativity and positive experiences
- ENTERTAINMENT “Oh and I love the cute animal videos,” a friend said. Don’t we all.
There are valid reasons to cut and run from social media. There are valid reasons to stay. I’ll stick it out, because I’m an optimist.
Catch you on the flip side.
* Exits whistling *