Yes, most of us have all of these things on our social media. We want to be on everyone’s mind, so we post. We want everyone to like what we post, and we want to be seen as having a good time, so we post. We want to be a part of the conversation, so we post. We want to be liked, so we post. We want to connect with others, so we post. We want to show off, so we post.
If you ask people why they’re part of the social media conversation, they’ll often mention the things they post. If you ask them why they’re not part of the conversation, they’ll often mention the things they don’t post. And here’s where the problem comes in.
To be part of the conversation is to be able to express yourself in a way that others are willing to accept. A lot of people don’t see this and think it’s a bad thing. But, in reality, to be a part of the conversation is to be able to contribute. If you don’t know what to say, you can’t contribute.
And this is where what they don’t say is important. If we are in the habit of saying nothing, we cant talk. If we are willing to give a little bit of ourselves, we can connect with others. And that is where the real power of social media lies.
In fact, it is important that we take responsibility for our own words and actions. The same is true for our comments online. As much as I respect the people who take the time to comment on my Facebook status, the time is not right for me to say anything controversial or offensive. I should not be surprised or offended I have no idea what I am saying. I should speak up because I think others want to hear from me.
The thing is if we are just as responsible as everyone else to use social media appropriately, then we are not getting the best out of it. When I post about an event, I should be able to expect that everyone else in the world will want to comment about it as well.
I don’t think it is fair to say that we should not use social media as a tool to get our message across. We should all use it to communicate. However, I think the problem with this statement is we are so quick to get our point across in words that we forget we are also using it as a platform for ideas, a place where people can share their thoughts, images, and anything else they can think of with other people.
As I wrote earlier, I see some things that are going on in the world that I would want to share, but I also see things that I would rather not share with anyone. I think social media has become a place where we can share things that we find distasteful.
The other day I saw a tweet that said something like, “I think I’d be a better person if I wasn’t so ‘social’.” I said to myself, “That’s how I feel.” I hate when people say this. What they mean is that they don’t think about the consequences of what they say and do.
Social media rhetoric has become such a widespread phenomenon that I am surprised that so many people don’t understand that it’s not the same thing. Social media is a way for people to communicate with people they don’t know. I think that social media is a great way to communicate with people who have different views on the same issue. And I think that you don’t need to make a big deal out of it. If you don’t like a tweet you can just delete it.