Just today, I saw two pictures posted by two different people who have a very large following on Instagram, defending themselves after they’ve received incredibly rude comments under some of their previous pictures. I don’t know either of them personally, but I enjoy following their photos very much. One is a farmer in England who posts beautiful photos of his day-to-day life on the farm, the other is a mom who seems like a loving mother and wife and posts some pretty funny pics of her kids from time to time.
I went back, out of pure curiosity to try and find those rude comments (clearly they must have been terrible if these popular IG users felt the need to address them), and I was pretty disturbed at how hateful and mean the comments were.
I’m just wondering:
A) why do people feel it’s okay to comment and be hateful on social towards people whom you don’t know personally and whom seem like wonderful people?
B) Has social media made us meaner towards others, or have people always done this? Like did we walk up to people before and tell them they’re bad mothers or that their clothing is ugly or that they have crooked teeth or that they’re stupid for doing XYZ?
I guess I just have a really hard time understanding how people can be so cruel, and then, I get worried thinking how much worse things might get in the future when bullies become even more vocal online.
This world would be such a better place if we all just complimented each other more, and were more kind to one another. No need to go above and beyond or anything, but let’s not forget to at least just be human!
Here’s a fun little dare… go on instagram or twitter or Facebook or whatever your heart desires, and compliment at least 3 different people! Just cuz… ;)
Peace & Love,