Top tips for being a good social media citizen

  1. Don’t feel you have to respond to every update or post.
  2. Recognise that most people are sharing things that of interest to them.
  3. Try not to evangelize or suggest what people should do.
  4. If you feel you can only respond negatively to someone, first take the time to figure out what’s making you so mad.
  5. If you feel your social media feed isn’t helping your emotional wellbeing, change your feed.
  6. If you are seeing too many posts or updates that have tagged you in, just mute the conversation.
  7. If you can help others, offer it with kindness. Don’t be upset if your offer gets met with rejection.
  8. If you’re using social media to vent and be angry, that’s your choice. Don’t be surprised if people don’t engage with you in a supportive or helpful way.
  9. Build a network that helps you be a better person.
  10. Follow people and read things that fill you with good ideas and hope.
  11. Be careful about judging people on social media. We only ever see one part of a person. We never know what they’re experiencing outside of social media.
  12. Most news stories take time to unfold before we know the full story. Don’t get sucked in by the breaking updates.
  13. Social media can be a really great learning tool. If you’re open to learning through different media, use the tool to help you learn.
  14. There are a lot of posts, blogs, articles, videos and stories shared that are designed to manipulate your thinking. Learn how to cross reference what people say and verify. Don’t just agree because it supports what you think. Are there alternative viewpoints which can bring you balance?
  15. There are a lot of people who try and make arguments to suggest things are either A or B. Life isn’t binary, nor are ideas. Find what works for you.
  16. Social media can be a force for good in cultivating inclusion. The more we do that, the better for everyone.
  17. If you’re arguing with someone on social media, it’s rarely ever going to make you feel better just like arguing with someone in person makes you feel anger.
  18. If you have experienced things before, don’t make out you’re superior to others by letting them know you did things or know things. Empathise and be there for others. That’s much better for them.

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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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