We live in a day and age where social media is extremely prominent in building brands/businesses and connecting with colleagues, friends, and family from all across the globe. But, with this fast-paced technology, comes a new wave of disrespect from people who feel entitled to voice their opinions about their peers’ lives, actions, and decisions. All of a sudden, people are able to comment and critique every aspect of another person’s life, which breeds an environment of hate and jealousy.
For example, two days ago, a young lady on Instagram decided to comment on a friend of mine’s photo that she posted of Elephants at the circus. She doesn’t know my friend at all, but felt the need to voice her lack of support for the mistreatment of animals in circuses. She even told her that she should go to the circus and that she should do research on it. Long story short, the situation turned into a back and forth “clapback” session. However, my friend was respectful the entire time, but I can’t say the same about the other young lady. She went on to curse my friend out and call her out of her name. All of this was over a photo of Elephants. Really?
Situations like this frustrate me because now people can hide behind computers and phones to attack the character of others all because of an assumption or their opinion of someone. But where does commenting negatively about people you don’t even know get you? People literally act like their lives will somehow improve or they will feel better about themselves because they just tore someone down. In reality, they’re just feeding into their own insecurities and allowing the Devil to use them as a pawn in his dirty game.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
Remember this: Social Media is NOT real life! People can create a whole new identity through social media, and even if they are being themselves, you are only witnessing a one dimensional view of their lives! So who are to judge people you don’t even truly know or understand?
If you don’t agree with the lifestyle a particular person leads, keep your opinion to yourself. I mean, who has the time to attack other people EVERY single day? Obviously, people who are truly unhappy with themselves a.k.a. “Thumb Thugs.” Of course we ALL have our judgmental moments, but actually getting on social media to bash someone is ridiculous and immature. Most of these folks wouldn’t dare say these harsh words to the person’s face, but decide to use an @name or a fake profile to “thug” with their thumbs.
Spread love and positivity! It’s so much easier. Lets eliminate Thumb Thuggin in 2016!
Discussion (comment below)!
How do you feel about internet thugs? Have you personally experienced them? Do YOU participate in “thumb thuggin”? (tell the truth LOL)
My absolute favorite comedy group, Dormtainment just made a music video for their song Thumb Thuggin and it’s HILARIOUS and ties into what I just talked about! Check it out below.