So I decided to embark on a little bit of a social experiment today. I posted a picture on my Facebook account of my current post-surgery working from home neck beard. Now to fully understand this, know that I thanks to the wonders of genetics, am totally incapable of growing a full beard. The picture (posted below) is my “Duck Dynasty” beard, it is the best I can do. I will admit to having full on beard envy for those men that do get mistaken for lumberjacks. While my beard will not inspire men the world over to throw away their razors, I personally don’t think it’s horrible and was confident that my facebook friends would say something positive. I expected the odd “shave it off comment”, or even a few “you look like a bum”, but was hopeful for some positivity.
My mistake seemed to lay there, in assuming that on the internet people could be positive or pleasant. What I failed to remember is that is the exception on the internet. The fact that people cannot seem to contain their negativity and seem to derive pleasure from unleashing it on others. Just take a moment and scroll through your social media feed and take a note of how much interaction there is with positive posts vs. negative ones. The ability for people, even without the promise of anonymity, to lash out without considering another’s feelings is staggering. Read more