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Communicating mindfully via social media

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I've been reflecting a lot about the way we communicate on social media. It seems very difficult to engage in meaningful, compassionate dialogue around important subjects on platforms like Facebook and Instagram. I'm wondering if anyone else is finding this? It would be great if we could share some thoughts on how to communicate more mindfully on these networks.

One of the challenges I sense is the speed at which we consume posts and images on these platforms. When we scroll quickly and consume this much content in such a short period of time, I imagine we are less contemplative and thoughtful about what is entering us. This can lead to more unconscious reactions or less-than-mindful comments and responses. More intentional usage of these media forms could certainly help.

If anyone has any insights or suggestions about how to navigate these waters, I'd love to hear.

 

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Thanks for bringing this up. I’m equally as frustrated and limit my time on these social media networks. My purpose for going on them is to connect with friends. I choose my news networks and rarely stray from them. I would rather trust my new source. I too would love a platform where people could freely discuss things and not have to worry about bullies. For me less is more. If I had a recommendation it would be be mindful about what you consume, how it affects you and most importantly is it factual is it true.

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Thank you for the insight Sandra! I am continually working on being mindful of my consumption; sometimes it is indeed difficult. Nevertheless, it is a work in progress 🙂

I was also thinking this morning that sometimes we don't check in on people via social media because we have this false sense of intimacy with them already through seeing what they're up to online. It made me really want to be more conscious about reaching out individually - intentionally checking in with those I am close to. I think this could help to balance consumption as we become more mindful active users of this technology.

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Social media is great to keep up with acquaintances and groups that were in and special interests. I also like it for keeping in contact with friends is who have moved away. I do agree I don’t find much intimacy with people on social media. It’s more like a playground where we go to have fun and meet up with people we haven’t seen in a while. We could also find a fun event. As far as intimacy goes I can’t see it happening for myself. I need that personal interaction. It’s good to know how to use a resource wisely. I think social media is a great way to connect with people to create opportunities to meet new friends and connect with old ones. I think mindfulness can help us to understand what is good about the different tools we have to use in life. Mindfulness can Help us see when were using them incorrectly or another way to say it unproductively are even damaging.

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I think the simile of social media being like a playground. This could definitely help us all to bring more lightness to it and to reflect upon the time we spend in that world. Thank you for sharing your reflections!

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One of my practices when engaging in social media is to not respond on the spot when I read friends’ posts or comments in groups. I generally go back and respond the next day so that I’ve had time to really think about what was said rather than just reacting to it. 

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On 7/11/2020 at 10:02 PM, [email protected] said:

One of my practices when engaging in social media is to not respond on the spot when I read friends’ posts or comments in groups. I generally go back and respond the next day so that I’ve had time to really think about what was said rather than just reacting to it. 

This is a great consideration to make. It reminds me of something a good friend once said to me. He said, "When the emotion is strong, the pause is long." Whether conversing in the online world or the real one, I think this is an important concept to remember.

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