It’s a new month and I have been slacking something terrible on my writing (my blogs, books, everything) so I’m going to get back on my grind, starting with doing this #30DayWritingChallenge. Join me if you’d like, and let your imagination run wild.
Day 1: Five problems with social media.
Just 5??? I am a social media junkie…mainly because I have no life; so Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have become my besties…my bridges to what’s going on in the world. But even I get tired of some of the things that I see on my favorite social media sites, and I’m going to list them, in no particular order.
- Racists have gotten completely out of control. America was built on racism and no matter how much some people try to deny it, we still live in a very racist society. However, prior to the invention of social media, most racist bigots sat around their kitchen tables and talked about their hatred for Black folks, and any minority group in general. They smiled in the faces of their Black neighbors and coworkers, all the while calling them a ni**er in their heads, because they knew better than to let this racial slur escape their lips. But “kitchen table” talk has a new platform, and it’s called social media. These same bigots now feel protected and comfortable making derogatory comments about Blacks from behind their keyboards and cell phones, because they feel there won’t be any repercussions, i.e. getting karate chopped in the throat for saying the n-word.
- It’s a playground for internet thugs and bullies. Back when I was in school, I was bullied at times, but I felt comforted in knowing that once the school day ended, I wouldn’t have to be bothered by my bully again until the next school day and if I ignored them, they eventually left me alone. But due to social media, bullies can harass & torment people via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and whatever else. What’s worse, it’s not just friends and classmates who are the audience for a person’s torment, it’s put out there for the entire world to see. Bullies feel comfortable sitting on their cell phones demeaning and degrading others, especially celebrities, and think they can say any and everything they want, without any regards for anyone’s feelings. Because of this cyber bullying, teen suicide has risen at an alarming rate.
- Too many Debbie Downer’s raining on your parade. I am divorced, but even so, I’m not a bitter woman. I still believe in love, I want love, and I love to see Black love, especially, put on display. But there are some bitter, hateful people out there who hate to see someone else happy and it shows by the many think pieces and posts that are made on a daily basis, trying to police someone else’s page and tell them what they should and shouldn’t post. Everyday, I scroll down my Facebook timeline and see people complaining about the amount of baby pictures, couples date night photos, and beauty challenge photos that someone else is posting. The simple solution to that is, unfollow, unfriend, or just keep scrolling, and STFU. Let people live and be happy. Just because you’re miserable, don’t sit there with your face frowned up because someone else is happy and in love. The major argument about couples sharing their photos is, “Couples who post lots of pics aren’t really happy…they’re showing off, trying to convince everyone that their lives are great, but they’re frontin.'” First of all, how the hell do you know? Unless you live with them, you have no idea what goes on in their bedroom. Second of all, I would much rather see repeated pics of other couples trips, vacays, and date nights, than all the nudity and just downright vulgar posts that I have the unfortunate pleasure of seeing on a daily basis. Fix your face, get you a life, and let everybody else live their’s, please & thank you.
- Speaking of the nudity I mentioned above, Zuckerburg and them over at the Facebook Police department are seriously slipping on monitoring and deleting the amount of naked pics and images that are being posted. *Disclaimer: I’m far from a prude; I write erotic romance novels, some with very detailed sex scenes, and I’m that girl that takes something innocent and can make it into a dirty joke* However, I realize that there is a time, a place, and an audience for strong sexual content, and social media is not the place. A dirty joke here and there is cool, but I don’t need or want to see what the inside of your vajayjay looks like, and I certainly don’t want to see that on my social media timelines. When I see the extreme nudity and inappropriate memes, I practice what I preached earlier by deleting the post (and sometimes the poster if it’s repeated) and I go on about my business. Simple as that. But seriously, there are young folks on these sites, so..yeah. Fix that.
- Relationships come here to die. With the invention of social media, cell phones, and the many other ways we can talk to someone without actually talking to them, comes miscommunication, which can lead to the end of your relationships with family, friends, significant other’s, and more. We all like to vent from time to time, but Facebook, especially, has become the place where people like to go and unload all of their family, work, marriage/relationship drama, for all of their friends to see. Private arguments/disputes are put on public display, and the spectators and their comments and advice usually doesn’t help an already volatile situation.
So, these are some of my issues with social media…what are some of yours? Sound off!