Curb Your Comments
Connected in Social Media:
Many join social media for different reasons, whether it is to connect with friends and families near or far, see visuals of things they are interested in, or even just to see what the hype is all about. Homophily is the networks that will be localized by the flow of genetic, behavioral, cultural, or material information (McPherson, Smith-Logan, and Cook, 2001).
Check out my pervious blog for more info on homophily in social media.
My Comments vs. Your Opinion:
Social media tends to introduce individuals to things that they share interest in, but what happens when you follow a page that has people who share the same and opposite opinions as you? When following popular pages like celebrities and celebrity gossip pages, one may notice that there are times that someone may post some type of juicy gossip about a celebrity. The comments are filled with the opinions of others. Some comments may be supportive while others may be bashing that celebrity. As you scroll through these comments you may notice that some people will either agree with other comments or there may be arguments that may occur based off someone not agreeing with someone else’s opinion. This can lead to cyber bullying, people writing hate speeches to one another, or even one feeling the need to isolate themselves. The good thing about negative comments is that one can report it. Reporting it will alert that specific social network and they will be sure to review it and delete it if need be. Out of all social networks, Facebook has the fastest deletion rate of negativity. In less than 24 hours they have assessed the notifications of hateful content and have taken care of it (Macdonald and Fioretti, 2017).
It Begins With You…
To decrease the amount of hate crime, bullying, and negativity that goes on in social media, we should be mindful that we don’t contribute to it by adding our negative comments or reposting negativity. Even if we see someone post their own opinion that we strongly disagree with doesn’t mean we should respond in a negative way. We should be open to hearing out the opinions of others as they listen to ours. Remember, for those who are seeking to gain followers or publicity should be mindful not to be known as someone who is always badmouthing people. That would just drive people away from you and create negative attention for you (Flores, 2014).
McPherson M., Smith-Lovin L., and Cook J., (2001). BIRDSOFA FEATHER: Homophily in Social Networks. http://www.leonidzhukov.net/hse/2016/networks/papers/McPherson_HomophilyInSocialNetworks.pdf
Macdonald A., and Fioretti J., (2017, May 31). Social media firms have increased removals of online hate speech. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-hatespeech-idUSKBN18S3FO
Flores N., (2004, September 17). Social Media: Keep An Open Mind. https://blondish.net/social-media-keep-an-open-mind/