I’ve pulled back from social media this year, for obvious reasons, it’s 2020. I kind of think everyone should or that you should need some kind of a license to use it.
I don’t mind insta since it’s just photos and there’s minimal garbage on there. I do still check fb every other day or so to keep up with family and close friends (people I actually know), but I removed everyone I don’t know, and my page is all but blank. I post an update now and again but after a couple of days they are deleted. Other than the general creepiness of facebook as a company, I don’t want stuff living out there forever for the general public to find.
Advice for the general world on social media recently:
-You shouldn’t say something that you wouldn’t say if the person were standing in front of you.
-Some of the quickest people to argue or shame others are the ones whose own life is a mess
-Many of them are using online campaigning or crusading to make them feel better among general unhappiness in their life.
-Don’t get down in the slop arguing with people in comments
-Probably don’t even read the comments
-It’s entirely possible that your/my/anyone’s beliefs are truly in the minority
-It’s entirely possible that you/I/anyone are actually wrong.
-Sometimes you mistake a feeling of moral indignation with the discomfort we feel when confronted with my previous two points.
-Feeling what you believe to be righteous moral indignation doesn’t mean you are right. It’s an emotion. Emotions are often wrong.
-For my belief to be right and someone else’s belief wrong, I have to appeal to an authority that confirms the truth of my belief. This doesn’t work if you don’t believe you have a common authority or if you don’t believe in objective truth.
-It is possible to ignore things you see that you don’t like.
Humans have a weird need to attempt to cover our insecurities by putting on a relatively obvious act that shows we do not possess them. If you don’t know the person you might not know it, but when you do know them well you realize that most are - well, they are like my cat, attempting to spring out and attack me while hiding behind something that’s far too small to conceal him.
The people we should admire, and the people most of us actually admire in our real lives, are the ones who are slow to speak, slow to anger, and abounding in love for others that rises above their current situation, what the person said in the last few minutes, and is dependent more on love for them being a person worthy of love, and not someone who I love simply because they agree with me or bring me joy at this moment.