The impact of #meantweets
Just Not Sports created this video “#MoreThanMean – Women in Sports ‘Face’ Harassment”. You’ve probably already seen it, but if you haven’t – watch it.
It is not an easy watch, in fact you may need to keep stopping it, but it’s important. Men are forced to read out abusive tweets that have been sent to these women journalists.
They didn’t write them, and probably never would, but it is a very powerful piece that illustrates how difficult it is to say these things to someone in person.
Think before you type
The messages in these tweets are clearly abusive and violent, there are no grey areas here.
But, sometimes we can engage in social media to get laughs by making sarcastic or cutting comments and sure it’s in jest most of the time. It’s not abuse. Am I right? Y’know, joking obvs.
Well it might not be obvious to the person at the receiving end of your ‘jokes’. Even if it is clearly a ‘joke’ who honestly likes being the butt of one, up there for all your friends, peers, colleagues and family to see?
Feeling the glow
It is very easy to get caught up with the tonnes of likes you get for being the first off the blocks to cut someone down, or put someone in their place.
In fact with social media, it’s so instant. That glow you get from loads of liking and sharing your joke or comment, and from strangers, can be addictive.
Make a habit of taking a deep breath and a few moments to think about what your motivation is before you tweet or comment, and the person at the receiving end of it.
Also, if you don’t already, start to watch out for other people at the end of abuse online and don’t stand by, call them out on it or report them.
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