Twitter; Instagram; Snapchat; Facebook… these are the new ways to forge relationships, “Like” it, or not.
I find people’s behaviors on social media very interesting. It’s like of like being drunk: it’s an altered state. People post things to their “Friends” and make comments they would NEVER do in “real” life. It begs the question- do people’s real hidden sides come out on the internet, or is there something essentially nefarious about screen interactions?
I’ve seen people who are normally very decorous give raunchy memes the “thumbs up.” Closeted bigots post anti-fill-in-the-blank comments. People go on rants about other people and things get shared, amplified and eventually feelings get hurt and real-life friends or relatives get blocked or “un-friended.”
It’s no coincidence to me that social media has “S” and “M” as its initials. There’s a certain sadistic pleasure some people get from updating a status that will irk others. And I can’t tell you how many times I read or hear about people’s feelings getting hurt because they were excluded from whatever online group membership they belong… yet they continue to engage in the drama, as if they get some sort or masochistic rush.
In that sense, I don’t see adults being any more mature than their teenage counterparts.
Kids learn what they see. What kinds of real messages about relationships are you sending by the ones you post online?
Make it the #153Promise to model Sensitivity and Moderation with your social media.