Some folk so need to get over themselves, don't you think? They must look in the mirror every day and think, "God you're amazing. Get out there and run down anyone you don't agree with, because that's what it's all about. Belittling others in front of their friends." There are some truly awful people out there; rude and bad mannered, unable to voice an opinion without sounding patronising and derogatory, and the minute anyone says something they don't like, wham! We don't all agree with each other. And why the hell should we? We're individuals. We have a mind of our own, and we're all entitled to use it, in whatever way we see fit. If that means my opinion doesn't match yours, then so what? Does it really matter? Is it really necessary to put someone down for voicing their thoughts?
No, it isn't necessary. It's actually pretty childish. Not to mention particularly rude.
But you see, there are some people on this earth who think they are better than others. They assume because they have a good education and a few letters after their name, because they've achieved something they deem intellectual, that gives them a right to speak to other people like lesser beings. It's a class thing. A ladder of importance.
How often does someone disagree with you? Once a week? Once a day? Several times a day? I have some pretty whacky views on life - and death, but that's a whole other issue - and, just like everyone else who uses social media, I have found a voice through a computer screen that I actually quite like to use. I don't have many friends in real life - and my family live a long way away - so I have most of my conversations on Facebook, my blog and occasionally on Twitter. I'm grateful for social media because it's opened doors for me, doors that would have remained closed had I not have become involved with the age of technology. Okay, so technology is probably a little optimistic for me due to my incredibly poor technical skills, and I do get fed up with social media from time to time, like when someone thinks it's okay to put me down and speak to me like shit off a shovel, but on the whole I have a different life to the one I led before the Internet. Don't we all?
So no, it isn't okay to belittle others in front of people; it isn't okay to make every comment on someone's Facebook status sound like a snipe or a bitch or a put-down. I let it pass far too often, and then last night, after one too many reasons why I shouldn't keep this person as a Facebook friend, I caved, removed the comment and went to hit the block button.
And guess what? They beat me to it. So they spend eight months being rude to me, then block me in the end. Eight months spent disagreeing with someone, disliking someone, probably head shaking, tutting and sighing into oblivion, then wham-bam-thank-you-mam. I didn't even get the pleasure of blocking the stupid person myself. Some you win, some you lose. I don't wish to be nice all the time. And when I voice an opinion on Social Media, I really don't mind if you disagree with me, because a) I love a good debate, and b) agreeing with everything everyone says is actually quite boring. And I'd like to think the majority of my friends on Social Media are old enough and ugly enough to have an opinion of their own, and voice it. Just like me. Preferably without the sniping and being a total arsewipe.
I've popped this post on Mummy Barrow's Ranty Friday.