One of the many problems that has emerged with the new methods of communication is the faceless path to being mean when interacting online. It is easier to be cruel to someone online when they are not directly across from you in person. Your attempts at being funny or sarcastic may not translate online the way you intended.
This stems from the limitations of online communication. Face to face communication comes with facial expression, tone of voice and other non-verbal cues that cannot be sufficiently replaced with emojis. Being pithy and writing short coherent content is not a skill that most people have developed. But in the meantime, we have a generation not fully developing the face-to-face social skills that are needful and beneficial.
If that describes you, would you like to find freedom? You can! Others are making the choice to unplug from online social media or find ways to keep it under control instead of being under its spell.
HELP FROM THE PROVERBS
Let me demonstrate to you how the ancient wisdom of Biblical proverbs can be applied to the unique issues we face with social media.
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
If you applied this proverb to social media, it would mean that you would be wise to be more restrained on what you post and how often. Less is more. More wisdom. Here is a similar Proverb…
“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.” Proverbs 17:27
It takes knowledge and understanding to spare your words and not get riled over something someone else says or posts. You can stay calm; it is more mature. The less mature just blurt things out. Here’s one more helpful Proverb…
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
When you do post on occasion it should be something that builds others up not tears them down. There’s enough of that already in the world. Bring health to others through social media, not hurt.