I went on my phone the other day and within less than five minutes I felt my good mood completely drain away. All I saw was toxic negativity. Racist comments, people sharing messages from fake profiles trolling them about their appearance, ads for skinny injections and detox teas, derogatory, inaccurate articles written only to provoke outrage and create even more division… it was just a sea of negativity and I found myself drowning in it.
I wanted to delete every social media app there and then just so I could stop seeing all the hurt and the hate and the merciless nastiness.
I’m not the only one who feels like this, am I?
With everything going on in the world right now, we are told that technology is a blessing because it allows us to stay connected, but sometimes I want nothing more than to just delete it all and live a phone free life.
Maybe I engage some of the platforms wrong. Maybe I could curate my feed again. Maybe I just don’t have the energy for it all now I’m getting older and seeing how raging Twitter debates never solve anything because no one listens, just shouts their opinion at the top of their lungs. Maybe I log onto these platforms feeling tired of them before I give them a chance, but being online can feel like a real effort sometimes.
I guess the point of this post is half to grumble and half to implore the world to just be a little kinder. Seriously, just a little. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, after all. You don’t have to comment on someone’s appearance. If someone is a fan of something you aren’t, so what? Keep scrolling. Keep your opinion and your negativity to yourself.
There’s so much going on in the world right now that we need to keep our little pockets of safety and happiness the positive, welcoming spaces we know them as. We need places where we can switch off from the real world and escape. For many of us, that’s our social media platforms. That’s seeing photos of people’s lives and talking about what we watched on TV with like minded fans.
So please, don’t ruin the internet with your unnecessary negativity. Respect each other’s need for a space to call our own.
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