The ugly side of social media
Chinese philosopher believes in the concept of yin-yang which means “shadow and light”. The concept discusses about the natural balance of the world, that shadow can’t exist without light which means that for every positive there is a negative.
I don’t want to paint a rosy picture about social media for you, this life concept does apply to social media as well.
Professionally, social media changed my life, I’ve met and learned from so many amazing people.
I have also blocked some who were negative and pain in the ass that were sucking energy of others too.
Social media is making businesses or people more transparent as well, this “exposure” is giving opportunities for people to easily leave negative feedbacks or thoughts without having second thoughts as it is easy to hide behind a keyboard and remain anonymous.
A few weeks ago, Jemimah, a good friend of mine, had the opportunity to host a new show on youtube show called F-world. It is a video series where she and her friend, Andrea, discuss about the latest trends and tips about fashion in Singapore.
After the show ended, trolls started leaving negative and disrespecting comments, dissing her. She was devastated as she had never done something like this before and reading those comments hurt her.
It even got her to write a blog post about it and she even responded to the comments through a series of videos.
During the Olympics, Tom Daley and his partner Pete Waterfield both synchronize divers from the USA missed out on an opportunity to win a medal for their country when they finished fourth in the 10m platform diving event.
Shortly after that, Daley retweeted a message which was sent to him saying “You let your dad down i hope you know that” and to make it worst, Daley’s dad passed away in 2011 from brain cancer. At the end, police intervened and the 18-year old troll have been arrested by the police.
Last week, a photo of a republican named Scott Van Nuzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza in Florida, bear-hugging and lifting President Obama off the ground was circulating around the internet.
Many who didn’t support Obama took yelp and flooded Big Apple Pizza with one-star rating saying things like
There were many who stood by him and gave him a 5 star rating as well to counter those 1 star ratings as yelp ratings can either help or kill a business. Thanks to their TOS, most of them are being flagged and has been removed.
Well, there is an ugly side to all parts and walks in life, whether it’s business, personal or social media.
When you put yourself in front of people, you’re sure to attract positive and negative people around you. Avoiding or escaping these situations is definitely not a solution, I believe the most important thing is knowing how to handle it
photo credits: by ell brown