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Social Media Pitfalls

We whizz through Facebook liking, commenting and sharing. When we like and comment, and particularly when we share, we might think for a second whether what we’re sharing is really what we want our friends to see, but more than a second just isn’t available. So we hit Share and hope for the best.

Some time ago, someone unfriended me for a video I shared. It was a video that showed up some lies. Possibly it went too far in the other direction. The fact is, I didn’t think about it too much until it happened. Fortunately, she changed her mind later.

It’s happened again, but this time it’s nothing to do with me. Someone blocked someone else for sharing a photo created by a far right group. The poster doesn’t support the group and didn’t think about the significance of posting the photo. The other person could have discussed the problem rather than blocking.

Is blocking ever the right reaction? I think it is if someone is constantly posting stuff you don’t want to see.

And when else? When is blocking right and when is it not right? What do you think?

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life.

2 replies on “Social Media Pitfalls”

Maybe it’s not a question of it being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – they are clumsy constructs for something that is much more of an emotional reaction. Thoughtless racism, sexism or ageism – and I’m more likely to hit the unfollow button – there’s so many wonderful people with great ideas around I simply don’t have the time for everyone.

Having said that, if I’ve ‘known’ someone for ages I’m more likely to let thoughtlessness go by (we all do it) – but ‘clever clever, aren’t I funny making jokes about grannies’ on twitter and I’ll unfollow.

But never you, Miriam!!!

You’re right about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, Jo. And of course we make more allowances for people know well. I’ve made mistakes in the past and I’m sure I’ll make more, so it’s good to know you won’t unfollow me 🙂

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