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When I was a teenager, the closest thing to social media I had was my Motorola PAGER in its translucent turquoise case. Cell phones were the size of a briefcase, and the internet was something only large corporations had. Now, I spend an embarrassing percentage of my day online reading blogs, news sites, cruising Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and writing this blog. Sometimes, I stumble across comments that are really sad to read. Not only are teenagers saying hurtful things to each other about their looks, weight, clothing, and hairstyles—the same adults that grew up in the social media-less world I did, are doing the exact same thing.
Looking back, I don’t specifically remember leaving anonymous comments myself bashing a person for their appearance or anything like that. I don’t recall it at all. If I did, it was wrong. But you know what? I’m sure in the past I’ve said cruel or snarky things about celebrities on my site. For that, I’m sorry. It wasn’t right.
Source: Kim Kardashian’s Instagram – It may have a lot of likes, but there are a lot of foul comments.
So why the sudden burst of consciousness? Last night, I read an article written by a woman whose personal Halloween photo went viral in a very bad way. My heart swelled for her. I also felt embarrassed for how many times I’ve seen similar memes come across my own Facebook timeline doing the exact same thing, with dozens—or even hundreds of “likes”. Maybe shame is a better word for how I felt. [Read more...]