An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
The internet is an invention, that has changed the world. If you choose to ignore it, you’re going to miss out on a great opportunity to reach more people. Social Media, another invention within the internet, has changed the world even more. We as the church have to harness it, for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One of the key things I have observed, in the Social Media age is, people are hypersensitive, and can get easily worked up over small things. Conversely there are a lot of people, this platform to hurl insults and negativity at you, and as a believer, you need to always take the high road, or you will find yourself in an unnecessary fights with people in the cyberspace.
This is a guide on how to avoid Facebook / twitter fights
1.Do not crave internet validation. There are people who look for a sense of personal value from Social Media. The “LIKES” and the “SHARES” give them a sense of self-esteem. “If people do not like my selfie, I don’t feel good about myself.” If that is you simply exit that mindset.
2.Do not respond to people you do not know in real life. Draw the line between cyber-friends and real life friends. If you don’t know them in real life, do not waste your energy battling with them. Their context of what you posted is very limited because they do not know you personally.
3.If you have to explain your position more than once, its not worth it. I’ve seen people go back and forth in the comments section, arguing with someone who has misunderstood them. That is a chasing of the wind. If they don’t get you on one explanation, more lengthy explaining will not remedy that.
4.Understand you are not omniscient. Your personal views are not holy scriptures. You are human. You are not infallible. Do not be too defensive when it comes to what you post, sometimes you do get things wrong.
5.Understand that, there are people who do not see the world, the same way you do. Why are there people who vote for the political party you don’t like? Why are there people, who will support a different sports team from you? Simply because people, see the world differently from you, and guess what? It is fine.
6.Understand that people have the right to state a view that is different from yours. It is a public platform, and people have the right to state different views. As long as it doesn’t amount to hate speech nor to insulting you, you have got to be able to absorb a different view without taking it personal.
7.Insults must be rewarded with a swift block or unfriend. There are some psychopaths, who do not know how to disagree intelligently. Instead of stating their opposing argument, they will throw insults at you. Some insults will include racist statements and “F” language. The block and unfriend button were created for such.
8. The bigger you get the less you must read the comments section. The more your social media following grows, the less you must read your comments section. There are people who are building a career called “trolling”, they find joy in attacking anything and everything you post for no reason at all. Their main joy is getting a reaction from you, ignore them.
9.Going back and forth with a stranger who has nothing to lose always makes you lose. Do not fight any battle without a reward. Facebook and twitter battles have never paid anyone’s bills.
10.Just chill. Don’t clap back. Here is the most powerful reply you can give to someone who is antagonising you on social media… “ “. Silence is a weapon which no man can counter.
God Bless You!