It’s very easy to rush to judgement and share opinions without having all the facts. I have seen people making pretty awful comments without fully understanding a situation.
There was an entire hate thread about someone I know personally because someone didn’t agree with a comment he made (something she later admitted he was actually right about).
People were jumping on with comments like “he sounds like a vile person”, “what an arsehole – I wouldn’t do business with him,” and, “he’s a bully.”
Let’s just think about that for a moment. Calling someone a bully on a thread dedicated to assassinating a person’s character. Who is the real bully?
Some comments were even worse – comments about his family, his clients. People were attacking an individual that they didn’t even know.
And this isn’t an isolated incident. People are quick to demonise a person, and the idea of being kind goes out the window.
When a certain beer company was accused of having a toxic culture in 2021, people were quick to share posts about what a horrible person the owner was – some really nasty comments.
Maybe he is an arsehole – I don’t know, I’ve never met him – but does that mean he deserves to be torn apart on social media? What if all that online hate tipped him over the edge, and he took his life? Would those same people be coming out telling us to be kind?
Isn’t that exactly what happened to Caroline Flack in 2020? The media had no problem feeding her to the wolves, and the public turned on her. She took her own life, and suddenly everyone felt terrible.
But have we learned anything, or are we still quick to judge people without thinking about the bigger picture? Why are people still so eager to get their pitchforks out?
It’s too easy to jump in with an opinion before taking time to reflect and ensure it’s an informed opinion. And even if it is an informed opinion, does it need to be shared? Sometimes the ‘if you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything’ approach works perfectly well.