You Don’t Have to Prove Something on Facebook, So Don’t be a Jerk

I hate to say this. But people are getting fucked up on Facebook. When someone expresses an opinion, two things might happen:

  1. People ridicule that person.
  2. Or, prove that they are better and smarter.

And that’s the reason I kind of hate Facebook, in a way (I still use Facebook, though, to connect with loved ones and like-minded individuals).

If you notice, a lot of Facebook users think they’re always right and others’ opinions are wrong. And we’re not aware of it.

During presidential campaign, people fight each other: “My candidate is better than yours!” And during NBA finals, people fight each other defending their favorite teams.

Though I don’t really care what they do — I respect them — but I think we’re missing something very important here:

Facebook (or other social media sites) weren’t invented to start chaos or misunderstanding.

Facebook is for sharing our thoughts and helping each other so we can evolve into a better society. It’s for learning and connecting and understanding different worldviews.

Because it’s not about being right, it’s about understanding. It’s not about being the best, it’s about self-awareness. And not about changing people, it’s about changing yourself first.

So stop acting like you know the whole thing. The truth is, you don’t. You just want attention, you want to be heard, you want to act smarter than your friends. Instead of wasting your time debating on social media sites, use it for more meaningful activities.

Use it for introspection, for reading.

Use it for honing your craft, for practicing a new skill.

Use it for connecting with like-minded people.

And use it for doing meaningful work.

Your time is limited, please, don’t waste it.

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there’s no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we’re right and others are wrong? Why we get pissed off at someone not doing good things? Why we hate? Why it’s hard to be content? I don’t have all the answers, do you? Let’s chat.