Social media jerks are the ones who turn the joys of social media—meeting new people, staying in touch with old friends, watching children grow, exploring new ideas, etc—into a near weekly nightmare where we want to throw our computers across the room and never talk to anyone else again. Am I the only one who feels that way? Probably not. Jerks are everywhere. And on occasion, we are one them. All of us will be jerks on occasion.
If people interacted in person the way they interact online, the civil fabric of society would quickly unravel. Screaming profanities from rooftops would be the norm; badmouthed brawls would break out in the streets everyday at high noon; neighbors would start clobbering neighbors with garden gnomes — bleeding, slobbering on each other, howling like mad dogs. It would be chaos. Yet that kind of trollish, confrontation-driven behavior has become the social norm on social media. Digital discussions often devolve into slugging matches between bull-headed cyber strangers completely uninterested in meaningful discourse. Shit-headery in the world of social media is fast approaching critical mass.
Advertisement Close X. Harvard postdoc Katie Bouman at the moment when the first image of a black hole was processed. Brian Resnick writes about what happened after a picture of black-hole imager Katie Bouman went viral:. But then all the attention became a catalyst for an incredibly sexist backlash on social media and YouTube.
One way that people can be jerks on social media, sometimes without knowing they are doing it, is being overly promotional. As a writer or professional using social media, you will be using it to market your books and let people get to know you. Only sharing their content.