Before social networks began appearing in the early 2000's, the world was a happy and peaceful place. Teenagers didn't spend over half their time checking Facebook or Twitter. They played video games. The Legend of Zelda on the Gamecube was always my favorite. And it became my little brother's favorite game too. He doesn't have Facebook yet. And to be honest, I hope he never creates an account on that website. Ever. No. That would be tragic.
Why? Because after the online social media revolution, The world began to crumble. The world became a dumb place. People aren't as intelligent now. People aren't as kind and generous and caring now. In one decade, our world has transformed. And not in a good way. People choose to judge a person not by their actions, but by what the person posts on Facebook. It doesn't matter if I gave a thousand dollars to charity and spent a hundred hours a week serving people at the local soup kitchen, one Facebook post can destroy my entire reputation.
The moral of the story is this: Watch what you post online. People will judge you quickly and harshly. And sometimes when people are so harsh in their judgments, there are consequences. The number of suicides in the last decade has increased. Not dramatically. But still, when 3,500 Canadians kill themselves each year, and over 30,000 Americans do the same, that is cause for concern. Here in my own city, there have been over a dozen suicides since 2010, and I know for a FACT that Facebook comments are partially to blame. We need to stop hating. Hating has consequences. We need to accept people, embrace them, we don't need to love each other like hippies, but we need to co-exist, we need to be more kind, less judgmental.
And we need to focus on the better things in life. If the world didn't spend as much time on Facebook, I'm sure that people would be happier. Suicides would be prevented. The world would be a much better place.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.