Individual Brain versus "Crowd" Brain
Have you ever been in a crowd of people and witnessed behavior that left you astonished at the depravity of the human condition?
I've always found that large crowds are more reactionary, more fearful, less thoughtful, and less intelligent than the individuals that make up that crowd. Thankfully, crowds eventually disperse and people go back to their more intelligent, individual state.
Facebook is a constant state of "crowd".
I believe this crowd mentality affects all of us who engage in social media, and particular facebook. It may affect some faster/more so than others, but we have all been affected it to some degree. It slowly turns rational, intellectual and generally caring individuals into reactionary, impulsive members of a "crowd".
Here's how I stay away from being a part of the crowd.
- Unfollow. Stop following people who are part of the crowd. Constantly negative, poorly researched articles, click bait titles, shock value stories... garbage man. Unfollow people who consistently share those things diligently. Be intentional about who you let influence your life.
- Think! Think long and hard about every single thing you share on facebook.
- Don't share an article unless you've thoroughly read it.
- Don't share articles with pandering, click-bait titles.
- Spread some Positivity! Proactively post encouragement to others.
- Listen! There are so many people out there who are depressed, discouraged and struggling. Look for opportunities to be an encourager in their life. You have tremendous impact and influence on another person's life story.
- Be Aware! Know that not everyone on your facebook friend list thinks and believes the same things that you do. Some topics are much better when discussed in person. Over a beer, not in a facebook comment thread.
I don't anticipate that this post will go viral. But that's the point, I guess.
Share your thoughts with me, I want to grow. Are you part of a crowd or have you observed this crowd like behavior?
(No one proof reads my blog, so if you see a mistake, feel free to let me know)