Social Media Can Inspire…

…blinding rage.

Don’t Hit me with False Statistics

Social media is known to have many benefits, included among them are professional networking and connecting with people with whom we share similar interests. However, as with any other medium by which a wide range of people can gather, there are negatives as well — and at the top of the list is the lack of privacy and oversharing.

One of my pet peeves about the way people use Facebook involves the canned messages that show up on my page. You know what they are: cute sayings, words to live by and, even worse, causes to support.  It’s not enough that we have to see these things — but we’re threatened with being thought of as twits if we don’t share the message with our own Facebook friends.

This morning, a college friend of mine deposited the following on my wall:

First, let’s consider the fake statistics.  How do they know what people will do or what 97% of people will not do?

Second, these things are generally images with huge type and not simple text. The morons who propagate these misleading platitudes can’t even come up with their own thoughts. They have to pick and choose among other people’s thoughts. This one in particular serves no purpose whatsoever than to gratify the person who created it when he or she sees it spread about by people who haven’t a clue as to the subject matter.

Third, there’s the intimidation factor. It’s “Group Think” and that is a form of bullying. If you don’t share the message, it looks like you don’t care. But how do they know?

In my case, my “friend” most assuredly doesn’t know that in 1990 I had stage 3 cancer that almost killed me. Normally I wouldn’t post this to the world, but here it is. So don’t talk to me about surviving cancer. And don’t tell me how I should feel about it. And don’t…  Well, you get the drift.

It is bad enough that these people can’t come up with an original thought on their own, but they presume to put the canned thoughts of others in my head. Lord knows I have enough crap in there already; I certainly don’t need my crap and theirs, too.

So if you want to tell me what to do, please put it in an e-mail and use your own words.  In return, I will give you my opinion on the subject.

Or better yet, keep your opinions to yourself. I think I’ll delete this “friend” now.  Ha ha ha.

There’s enough of this stuff to annoy me…
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Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.