Behind Every Brand is a Beating Heart: On Compassion, Resilience, and Kindness

Can we talk about etiquette and manners on social media? Instagram, in particular, is such a new platform, it seems like people forget there is an actual person behind each account and need to be taught how to behave here. I witnes a lot of bullying in this space (not on our page, luckily!) In design it is really easy to critique, and flippantly leave a comment about what you don’t care for in the image. This is rude and unnecessary and most of the time is going to have a huge impact on the person on the receiving end. A good rule of thumb: would you say this to their face? If not, don’t leave it in the comments. Does it contribute to the conversation in a thoughtful and engaging way? If not, don’t comment. what motivates someone to leave snarky/rude comments about other people’s homes or lives could be a myriad of reasons, but how should we respond to them? I’ve watched the bullied turn around and become the bully, striking back at those who made rude comments. And I’ve watched the bully than being bullied by multiple others defending the bullied. What a vicious cycle ? If you see something you don’t like, keep scrolling. No need to leave a comment that could ruin someone’s day. If you see someone leaving nasty comments, call them in gently, by reminding them to use their manners on social media. Maybe even send them a private message to start a discussion instead of shaming them publicly in the comments. I’ve got a few other topics under the umbrella of social media anomalies i want to discuss in future posts. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or tag someone that will appreciate this message. Sending you love if you’ve ever been bullied and if you’ve been the bully, here’s to doing better from here on out ❤️ xx, jj