I have a love/hate relationship with social media. On Facebook, I enjoy looking at photos of friends and family, learning what they have been up to, and seeing where they have traveled.
I do not, however, like the political rants and pushing of products. Some people post hateful, judgmental, and nasty statements designed to divide us. Do they really think they are going to convert anyone? Seriously? Those kind of posts just tick people off and make them not want to be your friend. How is that being social? In my day, that would get you kicked out of social etiquette class. Others are nothing more than a crummy commercial for whatever it is they are selling. That gets old really fast.
I want to remain friends, and I value people. I propose that we put the social back into social media and keep business and politics out of it. If you are in network marketing, then create a business page. You can also use Linked In, which is geared toward the business market. I’m a professional speaker and author, and I have a separate page for my business on Facebook. My personal page is just that: personal. If you insist on throwing up and spewing your political hate speech, then create a specific page for that where all those who hate like you can join in. Have at it!
No I’m not naïve or narrow minded. I’m not thin skinned either. I believe we should behave better, plain and simple. Manners have gone out the window and, unfortunately, many people cannot be trusted to use good judgment. I’m going to update an old saying: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t post! People are becoming so rude and obnoxious. They blindly believe that their opinion is THE only and correct viewpoint. Wow, really?
Remember the days of getting together in person? We would share what was going on in our life, laugh together, offer encouragement and hope to one another, and be social. Since social media is here to stay, we need to use it more intimately and more intentionally. Let’s put the social back into social media, shall we?
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