LESSON #6 - from my 10 Lessons Learned in Lockdown!
Risks of social media
I had to be on a SAFFERS WhatsApp group to lobby for repatriation. It’s not dissimilar to constantly changing goalposts. I did a radio interview with SAFM while in Bali, which was shared on the SAFFES WA group. The response from the group was mindblowing. Of about 50 people, five people were so toxic and scratched at anything positive. Within 15 minutes of the interview, admin closed the group due to the overwhelming negativity to the interview. I was voted off the group – not to fly home as my attitude was too positive.
Positivity flooded my way. People quietly messaged me encouraging my positive attitude. I felt shocked, hurt and attacked. I felt almost ashamed of my insensitivity. Watching these negative characters is a real-life social psychology study. I observed the negative people in the group. None of these ‘haters’ introduced themselves, they were silent. Be careful of what people say on social media when they don’t have to look you in the eye. They project their own fears, concerns and judgements. We have to protect ourselves. Find your own belonging – know your tribe and where you’re safe. It’s their stories, their stuff, protect yourself against them.