At one point, having a civil conversation was just how things went. Neither side had anything to prove and the conversation likely enlightened both sides.
Today, one Twitter and Facebook, too many accounts interact with zero respect. They rush to a reactionary judgement based on a few words, judge you, and then attack you. This can happen whether it is a tweet about how excited I am about attending a conference or even a comment I made on a cycling video.
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There are too many accounts out there preloaded and ready to dish it out with no respect to the subject matter nor with respect to having a discussion. This one sided “anonymous” like bullying is disgusting. It makes me want to argue social media is causing the downfall of respectful conversations in America and, perhaps, around the globe.
Reflecting back on my experience with my personal Twitter account over the past few months, I have to question why I bother. The respectful conversations are almost non-existent. If I post a comment, I don’t get any reply. Other times, I post a comment and I become the target of shameful comments. In the end, I mainly get headlines and news from Twitter, which I could get elsewhere.
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So, I deleted my personal Twitter account. Gone! Well, I have 30-days to reactivate it if I want to. But I won’t. I have other Twitter accounts I use for more professional purposes including this blog. While those accounts also not being maintained, I wonder if keeping them will be worth it.
Either way, I am keeping my eye open for a respectful social media platform where sharing information and having a conversation is civil. The 10-year olds not allowed, the bots not allowed. Does it exist? Not yet, although Facebook comes close if you are willing to give your life Zuckerberg.