This is something that I’ve been trying to learn and practice over the past year (or more). I have slowly detached myself from the comment section on social media pages, or learnt to control myself before I actually tweet something about any issue or news. And I try to, as much as I can, prep myself before I share anything online.
It is not that I don’t want to speak up about important issues (such as women’s rights or #BlackLivesMatter and all that), but personally, I don’t see if anything I tweet or write will bring additional value to what has already been said and shared about the topic.
I keep myself updated, I read articles and stories from people, but I refrain from sharing my own thoughts because they don’t matter in this instance. And, honestly, I don’t want to spread any wrong information, which is why I stick to just re-sharing any good resources from established sources.
For measly nobodies (i.e. rakyat biasa) like us, it is not as important as it would be for people who are in the spotlight, such as politicians and celebrities, whose words and actions are easily noticed by the public and often scrutinised.
You see it often with politicians, when some are so quick at commenting and sending out ‘press statements’ on every single topic out there. While some of these are good and beneficial comments, there are also some which are purely for the sake of 'staying relevant’ or showing that they are 'in with the current news’.
Personally, I also see this on LinkedIn quite a lot, unfortunately. LinkedIn is a professional platform for people to share their experiences, connect with one another and grow their professional network. So, obviously you’d get a lot of people sharing stories about their job applications, resumes and whatnot.
Sometimes, people share those stories just for the sake of sharing their experiences. But there are people who will try to take every single opportunity to turn things back to themselves. They have to respond to every single thing, they have to comment and criticise every single post, and they have to win the argument because they are always right and nothing you say can reason with them.