Just Because You Think It or Write It Doesn’t Make It True
When I read one of these “bad news” posts on Facebook or LinkedIn the comments are rife with people throwing fuel on the fire. They recount how it also happened to them, that the human race is hopeless, that only a few of “us” are morally superior and intelligent, and on and on. The commiseration levels could float an aircraft carrier.
When I read a “good news” post about something that’s happened positively with unexpected help, especially from unexpected sources, the comments are heavily weighted with “but” and “however” and skepticism.
Social media seems to highlight the negative thinking, those who feel (or want to be) alienated, those paranoid enough to think the entire world is here simply to support conspiracies of one kind or another.
My non-scientific, wild-assed guess is that less than 15 percent of social media users are radical or extreme or emotionally damaged, but that they account for far more than 50 percent of the posts.
Surely, someone’s done a study….