I must confess that when faced with negativity my first inclination is to try and turn it around – something along the lines of turning a frown upside down. I can’t say that such efforts are always successful or even fulfilling when they are successful, but I am not a fan of conflict so I opt for diffusing it when possible.
I have learned however that diffusing conflict in social media arenas is next to impossible – all you have are words, reason and logic. In the quick click world those don’t get you too far. There are so many folks who are willing to cut someone else down without a thought with a barbed one-liner on social media sites like Facebook. There really is nothing quite like getting slapped across the face in a forum that can be seen by all your closest friends and friends’ friends.
Today, one of my colleagues posted the perfect statement about those folks who “hate” others just for the heck of it. I like it so much that I am sharing it here and encouraging others to stop wasting time trying to turn these folks around. Maybe if we stop trying to turn them around they will stop their negativity.
So if you are a online hater take note – I am not the jerk whisperer. I may be the jerk slapper, kicker or ignorer – but I won’t be trying to turn your frown upside down.
Day seven hundred and eighty of the new forty – obla di obla da