Much has been said about social media. People have worked hard to be instafamous, viral, or just cash in on their 15seconds of fame. After all, social media has brought stardom and popularity much closer to regular humans more than anything ever has in the past.
However, with great power comes great responsibility. This is the part most people fail to aknowledge, accept, and adhere to.
Acknowledge the power you have.
This means that whatever you churn out into the world, know that it will affect someone. It can go both ways and you have the power to decide whether you want to add more positivity or negativity into the world.
When we share fake news, when we cyber bully someone, or when we judge something without knowing the facts, we are being IRRESPONSIBLE with the power we hold in our hands. When we share inspiring stories, use social media to catch a perpetrator, or utilize it to gain more knowledge, then we become more RESPONSIBLE in spreading good things.
We are what we share. Do you want to be good or would you like to add to the rotten things of the world? Your choice really.
ACCEPT that you are ACCOUNTABLE.
One of the things we seem to forget the moment we get behind our laptop or mobile phone is accountability. We play the blame game and let ourselves be “swayed” by the people around us.
We are accountable. Every hurtful thing, every bad doing that we let slide or applaud, we are all accountable for it. The children of the next generation look up to us and if we set bad examples then we have no one else to blame but ourselves.
ADHERE to values learned as a kid.
At the end of the day, if we only just adhere to the values that we all learned as a kid, the world will be a much better place. Lest we forget that we are humans who have emotions and can inflict pain, we should never forget the following basic rules:
- Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.
- If you have nothing good to say, do not say anything at all.
- Respect begets respect.
- What goes around, comes around.
- Be kind.
- Think twice before you speak or in this case, think twice before you click.
If everyone will just acknowledge, accept, and adhere to these things, the world will be a better place and who knows? Maybe tomorrow when you wake up, the world will smile back at you and it will be filled with lots of hearts that float, likes, and smiles instead of sad emojis and angry buttons.