Everyone wants to be heard. Freedom of speech is a phenomenal thing. These days, social media has made it very easy for us all to be vocal and make our voices count! But at what point are we abusing the right to be vocal and doing ourselves more harm than help? Well, let's take a look at a few things. I have a friend that works high up in a major corporation. Hiring and firing is what she does. We spoke awhile back about social media and how it affects potential employees and she says, SO much more than they know. She has had many potential candidates not make it to the interview stage because of obnoxious social media accounts. Her number one indication that someone is not worth bringing in to interview, the social account has poor qualities. This includes things like hateful speech, vulgar language, trolling of public figures (hi-yo!) and just overall feel of a persons character. If you think potential employers can't find your social accounts, think again. WWE has an entire team devoted just to social media. They'll get you my pretty...and your little dog too.
Let's talk politics for a second. So my husband and some of my friends on social media have been very vocal this election on their beliefs. Those fall in line with the beliefs of a certain presidential candidate and so you make your assumptions (boring!) But then when you assume because my husband and my friends express certain views...I automatically agree?! Ah. You make me chuckle, really. So to be direct...I HAVE NEVER SAID I SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP. I HAVE NEVER SAID I SUPPORT HILARY CLINTON. I have commented on a few debates vaguely (all you have to do is read my Twitter and you'd know this but I guess that's difficult for bandwagoners to do.) So you can stop tweeting me hatred and asking if I support them. My personal opinion is that it's no ones business who I support and/or vote for. But I will tell you this...the vocal few who are going to blows with each other on Twitter over this election, you aren't making any headway. You just sound like children. Quit while you're ahead. Because if I'm an undecided and you tell me "if you vote for insert name here then you're a f-ing moron". Well I'll just have to be a moron then, because insulting me for no reason gives me all the reason in the world to go against you. I can't be the only one who feels this way, I'm sure your friends and colleagues feel the same way. It adds up.
Television. You can't control it. And yes sometimes our favorite shows kill off a character and rubs us the wrong way or someone wears new gear on RAW and it wasn't your personal preference but is it really grounds to tweet everyone you can think of spouts of hatred over it? I truly doubt it. Being in television I can say you cannot please everyone. You can just do what you feel is right or in many cases what you've been asked to do. And that's that. It's really not deserving of a verbal curb job. But that's just my opinion.
There is a difference between being socially vocal and being a social media disaster. I've had disastrous moments, everyone has. The point isn't to be perfect but to try and not be a complete basket case on a keypad. Sometimes it's tough to resist the urge to verbally assault someone but a tweet assault is as stupid as it sounds. You didn't "drag" anyone, you sat behind your keyboard and you did nothing. Presidential candidates will keep running for office, performers will keep performing and employers will keep passing on good candidates for bad internet behavior. Don't be that guy. You're better for it.