Social media. Lately, I’ve been watching and observing people on the internet. I’ve been studying their online personalities and questioning how one can be so cruel, but then I think, they’re hiding behind a screen. It makes sense, right? Most people have taken social media to an extreme, becoming almost too attached to their alternate realities. Too attached to their alternate sense of self. This generation is losing the concepts of what sympathy and empathy are both supposed to be. They’ve become so prone and brainwashed to thinking that their words have no effect. They can say whatever they want right? There are no consequences right? The person in which they’ve sent hate to doesn’t have any emotions, feelings, issues, etc right? Stop using your own personal hatred towards others. Being mean doesn’t make you look good, it makes you look completely dumb.
Of course hate is a common issue. It seems that people via social media have absolutely no guilt when pressing that send button. Little to none. They sit behind their screen trying their hardest to conjure up the best comeback and or insult. And when they hit send their shoulders drop down in content and a large goofy smile is placed onto their face. All because what? They enjoy triggering someone to do the worst to themselves? They enjoy knowing that someone is crumpling into a sudden wave of sadness and self hatred? And its all okay right, because that person is problematic and not liked by anyone? They get defensive saying, it’s just my opinion! That will always remain as the most crap filled phrase I’ve ever heard. I say this so much that it’s become permanently indented into my brain: if your “opinion” is demeaning, insulting, shaming, or just flat out rude then it’s not an opinion, you’re just being an asshole. People nowadays use one’s fault, flaws, race, body, sexuality, gender, etc against them because they think it means they’ve created something on par with the one whom they’re arguing with. It doesn’t mean that at all.
Hate is only funny to most people up until they finally receive it themselves. Then suddenly they’re the victim. Hypocrisy nowadays is real and intensely alive. It’s sad, because a large percentage of people sending hate aren’t in anyway like that in reality. If you would never say something awful to someone’s face then don’t say anything awful to someone on social media point blank. It’s starting to become way too much.
Cyber bullying is illegal in nearly all states and yet that doesn’t stop anyone from being hateful. Is it not clear that your terrible words of detest are indeed labeled as cyber bullying? What are you going to do if one day your future child comes forward to you with tear stained cheeks all because he/she is being cyber bullied? Are you going to realize that in the past you were just like the kids who are now bullying your own child? How are you going to explain that to him/her?
Don’t forget that everyone is going through something. Whether if that something is big or small don’t destroy them for your own pleasure. Don’t sit back and watch as all the hate towards them begins to enfold. Don’t become immune to the terrors of social media and the people on it.
Sending hate out of spite when you know it’s wrong isn’t a pretty sight. Arguments online are frequent. If you become caught in the middle of one maybe through a friend then do not defend your friend if you know what he/she said was wrong. Especially don’t say something out of line or abhorrent just because you feel the need to impress your friend. None of that is okay.
Social media has been filled with so much ignorance lately. In all honesty it seems that people will say and joke about whatever they need to just to get themselves trending and popular. People care more about impressing others rather than caring about someone else’s well being. You CANNOT hate on someone you do not know. You CANNOT say or assume when you’ve equally done terrible things, but just maybe not at the same levels. Stop thinking that it’s right to do that.
To sum up these problems, why can’t people just THINK. Is it really that hard?
Has it not become apparent enough that behind every phone is a real human being?