Social Media Ethic

ONLINE INCIVILITY:ANOTHER BANANA PEEL.

ONLINE INCIVILITY:ANOTHER BANANA PEEL.

There is little or no respect on social media.In fact,most people tend to be more polite in the real world than in the virtual world. I have observed how people comfortably haul insults at others directly or indirectly via their posts and comments.
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They seem to have lost the word “Civility” in their dictionary , thus they easily hide behind their smart phones and laptops tearing people into shreds, bashing, bullying, shaming, abusing and making corrosive remarks about others .
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I saw a thread the other day,where one Young guy like that intensely insulted one man in particular just because the man disagreed with his point of view. 


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On checking their individual profiles,i discovered that the guy was nothing by any comparison like the man. 
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This is a man who is probably as old as the young guy’s father or uncle and possibly capable of employing him but since this is social media, anybody can do whatever he/she likes hiding in the safety of their rooms.There are no age grades on facebook after all!
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Believe you me that if it were in the real world, this guy wouldn’t have had the guts to utter such condescending remarks about this man.
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So I ask,where did we discard our civility?
Does social media actually make us rude or does it give us the opportunity to reveal our true colours?
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Why do we come to social media just to fight people and create enemies for ourselves?
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What is it about social media that makes people feel they are anonymous?
Why can’t we back up our level of education with a little politeness and decency?
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OK,just the other day at the hospital, I met a stranger (a patient’s relative though) who told me he knew me from Facebook and has been following some of my posts though he only likes but doesn’t comment.


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On checking their individual profiles,i discovered that the guy was nothing by any comparison like the man. 
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This is a man who is probably as old as the young guy’s father or uncle and possibly capable of employing him but since this is social media, anybody can do whatever he/she likes hiding in the safety of their rooms.There are no age grades on facebook after all!
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Believe you me that if it were in the real world, this guy wouldn’t have had the guts to utter such condescending remarks about this man.
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So I ask,where did we discard our civility?
Does social media actually make us rude or does it give us the opportunity to reveal our true colours?
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Why do we come to social media just to fight people and create enemies for ourselves?
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What is it about social media that makes people feel they are anonymous?
Why can’t we back up our level of education with a little politeness and decency?
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OK,just the other day at the hospital, I met a stranger (a patient’s relative though) who told me he knew me from Facebook and has been following some of my posts though he only likes but doesn’t comment.

In the course of the discussion, he disclosed that he needed a home care Nurse for his relative.Trust me I have never met or known this person before.
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After that encounter,it dawned on me again that social media is a public place and people are watching.
Believe it or not, what you do on social media speaks volumes about who you are as a person.
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Cursing someone who doesn’t share your point of view is not an expression of your right of freedom of speech but a show of your incivility.
The person who you abuse online could be your potential employer,coworker, brother/sister in law etc ,hence the need to treat people with respect and dignity both online and offline.
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If your first reaction on reading people’s posts is to haul insults, you may want to take a deep breath and ask yourself if your comment will hurt or benefit the person.
You can even scroll up or down ignoring the post, or even unfriend the person,after all, you are not under obligation to comment, like or share every post you read .
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And yes,it is still possible to correct people, give honest feedback, constructive criticisms and even disagree with the person’s stance on an issue without being rude.
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Online incivility is like banana peels,the peels you litter around today could cause your downfall on your way to the top tomorrow.
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So be intentional and professional with your activities on social media. Be careful about what you post/comment and ensure you respect others even as you disagree with them.
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The Internet never forgets.
He that has ears let him hear what the spirit is saying.


Written by Amb Kings

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