Endless scrolling on Instagram, digesting questionable news on Twitter and watching dog videos on loop on Facebook fills a lot of our spare time in 2020 but one social media platform that should always be taken seriously is the professional networking site, LinkedIn. Users can post summaries of all their previous work experience, showcase their academic achievements and give insight to the person they are through their certifications and volunteering experiences.
Taking time for self-care has never been more necessary than in the middle of a pandemic. Whilst constantly being told to get used to the new normal, as creatures of habit we have all struggled with the dramatically different reality we have lived for the last few months. This has led to people turning to alternative therapies, such as mindfulness practices, to deal with stresses they have not encountered before or deal with heightened emotions whilst our normal forms of therapy, both clinical and social, have not been readily available.
Do we have a responsibility to manage what we say online & the effect it may have on others?
Certainly we expect that professional journalists obey this law and are very disappointed when we find out that the truth has been swayed for publicity. But do we consider that what we post, share and comment on should come with the same discernment and responsibility?
In a day and age where the majority of us have at least one social media channel (Facebook/ twitter/ Instagram/ LinkedIn/ WhatsApp and so on), have you considered why we are on them?