I've had it with the fake confidence that lives behind a message board.
I've had it with the "let me put MY opinions all over your wall" crap.
I've had it with the viral blog posts that leave a stream of not-so-nice comments behind.
NEWS FLASH: Social networking is all about YOU. It's about YOUR opinions and YOUR pictures and YOUR profile, which means that nobody cares about YOUR stuff, because they're too busy being sucked in to their own stuff. I know what you're thinking: you're thinking "no, I keep facebook (or twitter or instagram or whatever) in order to stay in touch with my friends and family, in order to keep up with everyone."
When it comes down to it, we all are trying to "keep up" with our friends via the internet by allowing them to "keep up" with us.
"Hey, did you see MY picture of MY cute kids?"
"Did you read MY latest blog post about MY great life?"
"Did you laugh so hard when MY friend posted that thing? Here, let ME "share" it."
I know that a lot of uplifting things can be spread through social networking or blogging or whatever, but a lot of negative, judgmental stuff gets thrown around too.
Just because you think it doesn't mean it's worth spewing into cyberspace.
Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean you have to stomp all over them claiming that your opinion is correct.
Next time you comment on a blog post, remember that most things posted are accessed by a wider audience than first intended. Most posts were written or shared for a specific audience that didn't originally include you, so there's no need to bash. No need to throw in your two cents. If you don't like what you read, leave the blog. If you don't like what you see, leave the page.
Don't blabber to everyone about how "judgmental" so-n-so is or how "immoral" such-n-such is... it's not your responsibility to judge others, it's your responsibility to live life to the best of your ability and love others regardless of their differences.
Thumper said it best- "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all."
In my life, I blog because I like to write. I blog because I think I have ideas worth sharing. In effect, I buy in to the "me" generation just like everyone else does. Hopefully by deleting my facebook account PERMANENTLY I will be able to be focused more on serving others and less on he-said-she-said. Because you know what? In the end, it's just a bunch of zeros and ones on a computer screen.
If you want to change society, get out there and LIVE what you preach, don't just facebook it.