I followed a series of posts recently by my friend, Catherine Luke (@sharejoyinlife). Catherine’s honest thoughts, reflections and questions made me think a lot. What she discusses regarding social media and what others share are likely struggles that many of us have as we navigate online interactions with friends and relatives.
Catherine posted, Morals, Values, Kindness & Facebook, and then a follow up post, Facebook: Part II – Compartmentalizing Life, about how she resolved some of her concerns and struggles. She asks some great questions in both posts, for example:
I understand that social media needs to be taken with hefty dose of balance, and that I am by no means the first to struggle with this, but in a world where time is so precious, is this really engagement? Does a quick “like”, or a one line comment count as engaging? And if yes, how does this kind of engagement make us or, worse, society, better?”
Is compartmentalizing areas of our life necessary for our own happiness? And, if yes, are we losing an integral part of our integrity in doing so? What compromises are we willing to make? What do our compromises say about us? What “encumbrances” are too great to bear? How do we look ourselves in the mirror each day knowing that our silence, inaction, or compartmentalizing is eroding our fundamental foundation?”
I thought Catherine shared and modelled some important considerations, strategies and steps. There can certainly be sharing that offends others, and it can seem that there is a lot that is not said or responded to on social media. How does one best decide what needs response and what should be ignored and/or tolerated? Do we filter our feeds and friends to our own detriment? Does it matter?
Do those who “know a time before Facebook” think too much about all this? Are these struggles and reflection important? Can younger people benefit from this open thinking on and about these spaces? How are responses different depending on relationships in real life? In Catherine’s situation, the relationship was important to her, but the individual’s posts troubled her.
Catherine posted a third brave post to her blog in order to process, address and speak to the topic and related postings that troubled her. Are personal blogs helpful to address what one can’t in other online spaces?