Looks a bit odd, doesn’t it? After almost ten years on various social media sites, watching the decline in manners, decency, and intelligent engagement though, I think social media is the most anti-social realm I’ve ever seen. Most days it’s a war zone for many, and you have to wonder when we, as a society, got so far removed from humanity that everything in front of us on a computer screen has become a battle cry for someone. When was the last time you logged in on your favourite social site and didn’t see horrors, or people calling each other the crudest and rudest of names?
In the past week alone I scrolled through commentary on a YouTube video that was essentially a very positive message about body shaming. A thirteen year old girl spoke up, and a man claiming to be an adult with children not only trashed her opinion and laughed at her, he then went on to shower her with what amounted to a sexual assault with words as he told her in great and crude detail exactly what he would do her given the chance. She was thirteen for God’s sake, and perhaps not as articulate as she would have liked, but that didn’t make her opinion any less valid than the asshole who attacked her, repeatedly. If I’d been that girl’s parent and saw that I’d have wanted to call the police to have the bastard charged.
A day later, on Facebook, a political discussion. When did people stop remembering the way to certain annihilation on the internet is to open the conversation to religion, politics, and sex with strangers? It was like watching a train wreck. The hatred, and ignorance, and verbal abuse some people dish out hidden safely behind their computers, it’s horrendous. If the people who engage in this kind of verbal abuse are even remotely like their online presence, we’re in a world of predators who are not only illiterate, they’re dangerous. Is it really up to anyone to say who God will judge and what that judgement will be? When did a differing opinion make someone deserving of assaults? It’s really astonishing, and more than a little frightening.
We have to endure the idiocy of celebrity antics on a daily basis, and most of us do subscribe to some social media now. It’s just hard to understand why everything has to devolve into such ugliness all the time. Of course, people like this have always been part of society, but now they have an open field of prey and apparently plenty of time to spend finding targets for their miserable existences to prey on. I’ve met some truly amazing people because of the internet. But I’ve also been the target of an online predator, slander, and defamation from assorted crazies. It never ceases to amaze me how fast people can go from love to hate in this make believe world.
The internet should have been one of man’s greatest achievements, and used properly it is–an incredible conduit of information and access to people everywhere. Instead, as we become more connected via this web of technology, we become more divided. We are connected to other humans, but lose our humanity… If the future is here, I think we’ve lost much more than we’ve gained at this stage. Until the new world grows up, the general internet population is certainly proving it’s in its infancy–with all the childish tantrums to prove it. Am I the only one who'd like off the ride now?
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