Social media was developed as a tool to bring people together over commonalities, to provide ways for people of vastly different walks of life to converse and come together over shared interest and topics. Today that goal has been convoluted to the extreme, often bringing out the worse in people, even when it comes to things that should be bringing us together.
A great example of that is when it comes to movies. The recent release of the movie “Endgame” has prompted more threats and negative attention than it ever would have received before the advent of social media.
Most of this negative attention has been based around people potentially spoiling the movies for others. On my Facebook, I’ve seen multiple posts about it with one user writing, “I swear if anyone posts any endgame spoilers joking or not you will be blocked”. And yet another more extreme example, “If you see Endgame before other people, don’t spoil it. If you do, I’ll run you over with a Mack”. Chances are, if you’re still on Facebook you’ve seen a similar post come across your feed as well.
The problem is that somewhere along the line we’ve come to expect other users to conform their behaviors and actions on an optional social platform to suit our personal desires. You want to talk to someone else that watched the movie about what happened? Nope, not allowed. If you do there will be negative social consequences.
So, the exact reason that social media was developed in the first place, to bring people together to talk about a shared interest, is no longer a valid reason to use social media. Left unsaid is the fact that everyone always has the option to simply not get onto Facebook or Twitter if you don’t want to find something out.
Not only does it save you the worry of someone else “spoiling” the movie, multiple studies have shown that short term breaks from social media are good for your mental health. But as a society we are so hooked on our devices that no matter how much we don’t want to find out what happens, we are unable to put down the device that might tell us what happened.
So instead of taking personal responsibility for our own actions, we take to threating others for theirs. Next time just log off, maybe it’ll keep you from threating to run over somebody with a truck if they ruin the movie for you.