Social Media Has Gone Socially Toxic
There are two sides to a coin.
I have stopped posting so much of my opinions on social media because I can already see how toxic it has become. I see people attacking anything that is contrary to their beliefs, as well as the people who are on the opposing end. It has become a war zone of words either made on impulse or the lack of thorough judgment.
And there are two sides of you.
Every time you point out somebody else’s prejudice, aren’t you also displaying that of your own? Every time that you point a finger, the other three fingers are pointing back at yourself. Having differences is nothing new. However, people nowadays act like everyone should be seeing eye to eye all the time. That anyone who has a different perspective automatically becomes wrong and an enemy.
In the grand scheme of things, there are people who are orchestrating the art of division.
Yes, we are all blind. Politics stirs division. Some politicians want people on their side because they want to win an election, and does not necessarily have public service at heart and in mind. And destroying someone has become a norm. Just like cancel culture. The pursuit of power has become toxic. Unfortunately, hate sells and whatever makes people angry gets more attention. More clicks, more engagements, and more shares.
People have also become fanatics.
May it be religion, politics, sports, or even on so-called current issues. They fight and defend their ground, like it’s the only thing that matters in this world. We have lost the essence of diversification and communication. All of us have forgotten the importance of learning and listening to the other side of the coin that we are looking at. We always have to win the argument and we always have to be the one that is right.
At the end of the day we are all wrong.
Because we fail to get a balanced perspective on things. Haven’t you noticed on your newsfeed? When someone dislikes or hates someone, all you will ever see are posts about what is wrong with that person? Without even taking into account the things that the person has done right. This is to emphasize the point of one’s hatred and dislike. And this is an attempt to create what we call a bandwagon.
Almost everything has become a campaign on social media.
A campaign for certain politicians. A campaign for a certain basketball team. A campaign to win a cause. The sad part is that, instead of bringing up what is good about that which you are campaigning for, people destroy the other side of it. Just to win votes and fans.
All of these at the expense of friends who has been there for you since your younger years, in the ups and downs of life. At the expense of families who had good relationships before they started airing out their differing opinions publicly. At the expense of strangers who would have been friends and helping hands in times of distress and calamity.
Think before you click.
Are you ensuing hatred? Are you encouraging destruction? Have you become a human being who will humiliate anyone just to be proven right? Do you think, that by doing so, you are truly right?
In the end we are all losers.
We lose friends. We lose relationships. And we lose the true essence of true humanity. The convenience of social media was supposedly made to bring people closer to each other, but it is now only turning people apart. Now, I miss Friendster.
Look at your hands. Are they offering peace or strife? Don’t leave that major life decision on the tip of your fingers. Winning an argument should not mean losing everyone around you.
I’ve learned my lesson. How about you?