Social media is still in its youth and can at times be a little like the Wild West. We're all becoming more aware of the impacts and dangers of the platforms we've come to use everyday, but we still have a way to go. Particularly when it comes to how we treat public figures who we have this new direct access to.
If you find yourself commenting your disapproval or dislike on Instagram and Facebook posts, then Andrea McLean's latest re-post is worth taking a look at.
Suggesting we view people's Instagram profiles as though they were their homes, the message is all about translating our real world manners online, and points out that offline we wouldn't just tell people all the things we didn't like about them or their choices.
It read: "Think of someone's Instagram page like it's their home. If it's public, you have been invited to visit them there. How exciting.
"You might not like how they have decorated everything (that wall colour is maybe a bit bold or you hate having to remove your shoes at the front door). But you still want to be respectful because you are in someone else's house who does things differently than you."
The message goes on to suggest rather than commenting, just come away.
Reading: "If you don't like it there - the rules are too strange for you or the smell is just weird because for some reason you hate incense - you can always leave.
"You don't have to trash the place before you leave. You don't have to tell them how much you hate their decor taste. You can just quietly exit and head to someone else's house that feels more comfortable to you.
"It's really as simple as that."
We couldn't agree more. While criticism can be constructive and open discussion is a fabulous part of social media. We should all be asking ourselves, would we feel unkind saying this in person? And is there any reason we need to say it?
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