Ramadan 2015

18 Ramadan 2015: Social Media Can be for Good

There is good in everything; it’s just how you choose to look at it. – Gisele Bundchen

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I am not a fan of social media and if I have access to a couple of applications, it is only really an efficient mean to to be in touch with some people where using other means is not convenient.

My biggest issue with the spreading use of social media is that it blurs boundaries, and makes easier what is harder to say or do in person because of bad intentions, ill feelings or simply bad manners.

It also seems to support narcissistic and attention seeking behaviors and takes away the joy in voice to voice communication especially when supporting others in good and tough times.

In other words, it supports superficial relationships.

I must admit however that upon my mom’s death, I discovered that social media can also be put to good use as well.

First of all, let me make clear that mom never used social media as an alternative to relationships. She picked up the phone, visited those who were ill or sad because of passing of a loved one, and she did not replace her relationships with technology.

What she did do is enhance these relationships through social media by saying good or saying nothing at all.

What she also did is use social media to spread goodness or means to goodness.

Upon her death, I reviewed all her social media posts and not a single one encouraged negative behavior and not a single one was self-promoting.

She left the world a better place even through her online ‘personality’.

My mom taught me that …

even social media can be used for good.

 

 

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / freedigitalphotos.net

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