4 #SoMe Peeps NOT To Be

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading up on social media and the law.  Now, originally I began this reading venture because I selected it as the topic for my law class. But my interests were peaked and I have become quite engulfed in the topic.

Throughout my reading, I’ve been noticing that there is a pattern to personalities  in the cases and have been reflecting on my own interaction with individuals on social media platforms. I’ve come to realize that there seem to be 4 online personalities that you should really avoid taking on, if you want to stay out of trouble. I thought I’d share my enlightening enlightenment with you 🙂

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Personality Type 1:

The Entitled

These social media peeps, seem to provide us the most entertainment. These individuals post whatever they wish and claim the “freedom of speech” phrase to justify their insensitive, misguided, or uneducated posts. They continually enjoy inciting those infamous Facebook and Twitter wars that we all have read, and break all social norms and standards that are mutually agreed upon by social media users as well as traditional societal norms and practices.

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Personality Type 2:

The Ignorant

These are our friends who get into those heated Facebook arguments (you know the kind) but don’t know why people are repetitively picking fights with them (sometimes these give the Entitled posters a run for their money in most entertaining). They post without knowing the situation or conversation that is taking place. They are regularly unwilling to learn about the situations or conversations that are taking place they just want to make comments. They are also unwilling to realize the impact of their comments and postings. They seem to all share a lack of desire to learn or correct their social media practices and habits.

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Personality Type 3:

The Oblivious

So these individuals are our social media friends who post, tweet, snapchat, etc. with no consciousness of their audience, themselves or their environment. They seem to forget their common sense when they post. They comment on posts that they think are hilarious, but offend half of their friends and/or society. They tend to react and post before reading the entire status or conversation, or ‘like’ a pretty photo, even though it leads to a link that supports an anti-LGBT organization (for example). They are open to learning and stopping foolish posting but it takes them posting and large arguments on their platforms for them to learn that they shouldn’t have posted it in the first place.

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Personality Type 4:

The Lost

These individuals are  people who ARE their social media. Social media is a TOOL to use to be social. It is not suppose to replace you. There seems to be a growing number or individuals who cannot exist outside of their online identities. They are unable to communicate, interact and socialize with fellow humans, however they are posting and commenting a thousand words a minute online. Now, these people seem to be different from introverts. Introverts are individuals who may interact less but with more purpose, or they are shy individuals, however they are able to maintain a balance between their online identity and their actual identity. These “Lost” people define themselves by their social media rather than allowing themselves to define their social media. In some aspect,perhaps this may be why cyber bullying is able to get such a firm grasp on the social media platforms.

Just some of my thoughts and reflections on personality type that we should avoid being while on our social media platforms.

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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