Is it just me or has social media in vet med been a little extra… negative lately? Enough already.
In just one week I have…
- Watched people shred a personal friend (that is by god a good person) apart in a private group as I just stupidly standby watching and not saying anything to avoid the never-ending vortex that is non-productive conversation.
- Witnessed people publicly bashing leaders in veterinary med saying things like “I’ll make you leave before I do”.
- Come across an IG account purely dedicated to spewing hate and only attracting like-minded people with their approach.
Understand that study after study proves this type of rhetoric on social media contributes to the problem. Often times, there is no solution associated with the hate being spewed. It is an empty threat or promise with no resolution. People are putting negativity in the air that all of us social media users passively consume. This is how many people start their day in the morning, and whether you realize it or not, we bring this negative energy to work, meetings, and our personal lives. THIS is why people become miserable.
Why not channel your energy more productively? We all know complaining is easy.
Start a blog, vlog, submit articles to the editors working at various Veterinary publications, google “Veterinary conferences” and submit to their program committees. If you think leaders in the industry are not listening, start a social media channel with intentions to provide solutions. Whatever you do… DO NOT just vent but instead,
- OFFER A SOLUTION
- GIVE ME EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU ARE GOING TO BRIDGE A DIVIDE
- WHAT TIPS AND ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER TO INSPIRE OTHERS ACTUALLY TO DO SOMETHING
- AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE RESPECTFUL
I ask anyone listening… if I ever become this toxic, please tell me to turn off my phone and remind me of my own advice. I promise you this will be the best thing you could do for me.
I challenge all of you to stop feeding into this frenzy. It is hard, trust me, I get it. If you see it, leave it alone. Send a private message and offer a solution. Sit down and have a conversation. Whatever you do, do not feed into it by providing non-productive commentary. If it becomes too much, do what I have forgotten to do lately, and unplug. I promise you will be happier.
Just stop. Enough already.