Social media really has an amazing place in this world that can bring a lot of positivity. Social media has provided people with stay-at-home jobs, allows businesses to grow quicker, it keeps friends and family connected, and it has even been a great avenue to spread awareness for different groups and organizations. I really think that there is a lot of good that has come from the use of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We often forget about all of the benefits because Social Media can sometimes be a scary and harsh place. I love sharing things on social media. I have friends and family all over the world and it is great that they get to see my four children grow up. I feel like I get to be part of my loved ones live's even though I might have not seen them for many years. I wish I could say all of my posts were positively received but that is not the case. It seems like people are triggered so easily these days even when I upload the most innocent picture. It seems like I never win.
I post often and I post frequently. I love to keep my friends and family in my circle. My husband's parents don't see my kids very much but they still get to see them grow up by all of the videos and pictures I share. I love that some of my family members have never even met my kids but they feel like they are involved and that is awesome. My husband's sister lives in Florida and so I get to see photos of her two sweet kiddos and she gets to see mine. I share silly videos of my kids being adorable, I share real life photos of my house looking like a mess and I also share those picture perfect photos about my life. I never get political and I never fill my feed with hate. Every once in awhile I share a vent post about something that happened but that is rare. However, no matter how innocent the post, I am almost always approached with some sort of negativity.
It's hard because sometime the ones who turn into the internet trolls are the ones that I am actually sharing the photos for and it's tough. I get comments about my kids wearing mismatched socks, the fact that they aren't wearing matching clothes, they have dirty faces, or I get comments about one of my babies have a binki in their mouth. I sometimes get accused of being a "social media mom" where I live my life on social media and I just post all of the happy moment. I have been mom-shamed for doing certain things or not being perfect. I have certainly been made fun of on my own pictures and feed.
I do my best to avoid the negativity and I refuse to get into a heated argument on social media. It blows my mind that so many people get into competitive rage matches over something incredibly stupid. I usually think, "do any of you people have jobs?" I honestly have no idea how people have so much time to just troll videos and pictures. People always get so personal and people are often way meaner over the internet because they get to hide behind a computer or phone. It is actually a shame.
There have been times in the past that I have been so over the whole "social media thing" that I refuse to post any pictures or go onto anything because I am so done with how mean people are and I don't want to deal with the cyber-bullying! I remember one time that I was just "done" with Facebook because I shared a picture on Facebook and I was made fun of and it really hurt my feelings. So I was really sick during my pregnancy where I was throwing up all the time. I finally felt okay for once and put on a shirt and took a baby bump photo and I was wearing a black and yellow shirt. Instead of people just seeing my cute baby bump, people starting commenting how I looked like a bumble bee. What happened to the old adage, "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all?" With social media you can just never win!