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It’s called social media.

Justice of Peace , Tokoh Wartawan Sabah and Labuan, CC Pung’s dose of philosophical musings.

 ‘SOCIAL’ defined simply means being friendly. We joined or are invited all sorts of social media groups.

Someone remarked recently that people on social media are generally not social nor friendly.

I paused and thought and I totally agree.

Forget those that haters who can’t tolerate opinions different from theirs and those who presumed you are this race or that religion by the sound of your name.

 Even the people you thought you knew in groups comprising of peers often come across as apathetic and cold.

For example, they often are aloof and often don’t respond to messages or invitations.

To be, being social must necessarily involve commonly observed etiquette. Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and not be pompous or judgemental should set the perimeter. Don’t you think?

In in-person socialising, common sense dictates that we speak clearly and politely.

But in social media groups, many displayed arrogance and condescending posturing, and riddled their discourse with unfathomable abbreviations, jargon and foreign terms aggravated by misspellings and gibberish.

It’s safe to assume that anyone aged 7 to 70 with a smart phone is on some form of social media.

 I haven’t counted the number of groups that send me messages everyday. But more and more I find myself ignoring the flood of notification, much less responding to the provocations.

Am I an outlier?

The posture of staring down at a gadget is being identified as a physiological problem and the handphones are going to diminate our daily activities.

To me, it spells the beginning of the end of being social as we knew it.

Personally, I tell myself to stop being a prick, and take some time to respond to messages that are relevant, to be minimally ‘social’ lah.- Talantang

It’s called social media.

 ‘SOCIAL’ defined simply means being friendly. We joined or are invited all sorts of social media groups.

Someone remarked recently that people on social media are generally not social nor friendly.

I paused and thought and I totally agree.

Forget those that haters who can’t tolerate opinions different from theirs and those who presumed you are this race or that religion by the sound of your name.

 Even the people you thought you knew in groups comprising of peers often come across as apathetic and cold.

For example, they often are aloof and often don’t respond to messages or invitations.

To be, being social must necessarily involve commonly observed etiquette. Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and not be pompous or judgemental should set the perimeter. Don’t you think?

In in-person socialising, common sense dictates that we speak clearly and politely.

But in social media groups, many displayed arrogance and condescending posturing, and riddled their discourse with unfathomable abbreviations, jargon and foreign terms aggravated by misspellings and gibberish.

It’s safe to assume that anyone aged 7 to 70 with a smart phone is on some form of social media.

 I haven’t counted the number of groups that send me messages everyday. But more and more I find myself ignoring the flood of notification, much less responding to the provocations.

Am I an outlier?

The posture of staring down at a gadget is being identified as a physiological problem and the handphones are going to diminate our daily activities.

To me, it spells the beginning of the end of being social as we knew it.

Personally, I tell myself to stop being a prick, and take some time to respond to messages that are relevant, to be minimally ‘social’ lah.- Talantang

Editor: The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Talantang.

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