I’ve been thinking a lot about Internet rage culture lately. It seems like every time I log onto my Twitter or Facebook, there’s somebody (and not infrequently, a lot of somebodies) being angry about something.
The Internet can be an incredibly useful tool for discussing important topics and widening our perspective on various issues. I fully believe that reading thoughtful responses to big issues has made me a better person.
But I also have noticed that a constant stream of negativity can be toxic. Some days I just have to log out of social media before it drags me into a storm cloud of negative thinking. Because somedays I get so caught up in the rage that I can’t be productive because I’m too busy being angry.
In life, there’s always something to be upset about. That’s just the way it is. The Internet sometimes magnifies this, though. Now I’m not saying we should stop trying to tackle tough issues. I’m not saying we should be all rainbows and sunshine all the time.
But maybe we do need some rainbows and sunshine.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to try a little experience. Everyday for the month of September, I’m going to make a point of complimenting or appreciating 5 people a day. Not all of these people will be online or public. But that is my goal.
I’d love it if you decided to participate with me (even if it’s a scaled back version, like just one person a day).
Let’s spread a little positivity.