Sure, this post might not be directly related to design, but it's related to technology. And it's something, I feel, should be addressed.
I've been on social media for sometime in my life. I grew up with the transformation of MSN Messenger to Snapchat, and with that, new discoveries on human behavior are made. And by discoveries, I mean downfalls.
Cyber Bullying is no joke. It's a way for indecent individuals to hide behind a screen of some sort and say hateful things. It's ignorant and it proves that your brain is not quite as developed as the rest. I would feel sorry for you if I didn't want to punch your face so much.
Heavy subjects aside, I'm going to sidestep Cyber Bullying, as it is a very serious topic that could go on for hours, and I'd like to keep a little humor.
Sometimes I'll be perusing a social media outlet and come across something that is eye-catching. Eye-catching as in something you should not be putting out their for everyone to see. And it turns from eye-catching to eye-being-poked-out-with-a-spooning.
Fairly recently, I logged on and witnessed someone who updated their status to, "How do I tell my parents I want to change my major?"
It took all my willpower to avoid responding with whatever sarcastic remark popped into my head at the time. I decided to leave it alone, like Steven Glansburg at the lunch table.
And this triggered something in my brain that wants to find those who are posting inappropriate things about work, friends, and life on the internet and revoke their free-internet powers. I'll bet this is something Al Gore has the power to do.
It's like my mom used to say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say it at all." Or was that from Bambi? I've decided that when you type something, it's not quite as instinctual or word-vomity as saying it. So, when your brain has the power to process and think something through, like posting something online, I think a good ideal would be "If you can't say something that's nice and/or not stupid, don't say it at all." This might be applicable to a multitude of things. Additionally, this does not apply to pocket posts, which are generally welcomed.
One of my favorites is when people post about how much they dislike their work, citing specific details. Talk about ballsy. I hope your boss is a dinosaur who's arms can't reach the keyboard to check your social media presence. And if that's the case, what is your job because that's awesome to have a T-Rex as your boss. Congrats.
This instance is a beautiful segue into what I've termed, "the rant."
This, too, is another example of line-crossing. I can see how much progress can be made by passive aggressively typing a novel that describes in detail--yet keeping things vague--about how someone upset you in some way. If it's working, keep it up. But know that every time, it makes me feel as though you invited me to play candy crush for the 56th time. I've also learned it seems to be a repetitive trait that can help one weed out their social media followers.
In an ideal world, we would all still have the ability to speak to others and let them know of any discrepancies, rather than get the approval and support of Facebook friends.
I pray that there comes a time when others will turn on the lightbulb that envelopes the shadow of rants and passive aggressive posts. Even if that lightbulb is a 3-way bulb that takes a few turns to get to its brightest. I support your 3-way.