After last week’s testimony Brett Kavanaugh, I’m reminded of something fundamental — We have a responsibility to each other as to what we share on social media. Perhaps a better way to frame this - would should be more mindful of how and what we share on social media.
Trigger warning — brief mentions of sexual assault.
Every media outlet focused on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s account of her sexual assault by Kavanugh around the clock. Naturally, news operates to report events without stopping. So to say this very critical issue may have been media overload is putting it mildly.
The very topic of sexual assault and facing your assaulter is serious by mention alone. Imagine what it must’ve been like to be bombarded by images, video, audio, and more of what has been experienced by millions of women/femmes?
There’s no manner of words I can use to describe that. I can only imagine that the experience was profusely unpleasant, infuriating, and whatever else would comes to mind. Again, everything related to this hearing has been shared all across social media.
As a staunch believer of staying informed, sharing information, and addressing society’s shortcomings I took pause. I limited sharing anything relating to that major story. Instead, I choose to speak briefly as to why I would not.
The reason being is that I remembered what would happen if I did. I personally don’t know how many of my mutuals, friends, small audience have experienced assault. This question in itself doesn’t matter. In this age of the MeToo Movement, we just have to be aware of the obvious.
Now back to my initial point, we have a responsibility when you think about it. I have a responsibility to not be detrimental to the daily mental health of those whom I can reach. This means taking inventory of what I write, share, or even like on social media. All of this is visible to others and that’s something we need to keep in mind.
How many times have you heard someone needed a break from social media? What did they mention often as a reason for them taking a break? I’m going to bet it was due to seeing content they didn’t want to over and over. I know I personally needed a few days to a week away for similar reasons.
Much like conversation face to face, we can create bad experiences. I speak of what might lead to recalling harmful memories. The difference with social media is that it can happen in the snap of a finger.
Now, I admit that what I’m writing sounds like censorship. This isn’t what I speaking of. We are free to share whatever we want, whenever we want. What I ask is that we take an extra minute before a post about. Provide a content warning of the subject. Maybe give others a notice. More importantly, take the time to gauge the impact of your content.
These series of thoughts and consideration will at best take a few minutes to put into practice. Fact of the matter is, we rely upon each other to tailor our social media experience. So with that said we are responsible then for a small part(maybe) how our day will go.
I believe it would be to everyone’s benefit if we’re a little more mindful with our social media.