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The Dumbest Smart People on Facebook

This was one of those rants where I really wanted to take screenshots and share names… but I’m going to try to give these folks the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully they aren’t the narcissistic idiots they came off as and they were just having a bad day. The truth is that I’m growing weary of social media and I’m spending less time engaged in debate there. Why? The sharing of ideas, perspectives and respectful debate are disappearing.

Some of these people on Facebook are so amazingly brilliant that when they share a Facebook update, there’s absolutely no need to disagree, expand the discussion, or provide a different perspective. These people are so smart that they are absolutely shocked when someone… directed to the Write a Comment space… actually writes their own comment.

write-a-comment

They should be able to customize Facebook and fill that with prompt with something much more logical.

Agree with me or leave...

Earlier this year, I had a friend who literally sent me a series of private messages to stop commenting on an update he made – a rather controversial post that defined his stance on a topic in combination with a pre-insult to any who might disagree. I disagreed… and I let him know it. He actually told me to stop commenting on his update. Until then, I hadn’t realized that the conversation shared on a public page on a public site was his property along with all the comments following it. I obliged only after a parting comment.

Suffice it to say his updates no longer appear in my Facebook stream. I like hanging with dumber folk like me who don’t believe we have everything figured out.

You would think that people that are this smart wouldn’t need to participate in a social platform like Facebook. There’s only two reasons I can think of why they would persist. Perhaps they see it as a place where they can educate the rest of us dumb folk. Or perhaps it’s just a place they need to constantly get their ego stroked.

I’m not sure. I never looked at social media that way. I often state a stance on a topic to listen to other perspectives. Other times, I often act the contrarian and provide an alternative perspective. I often learn from both kind of engagements. I guess I’m not as smart as those people that already know it all.

Tonight, I had two social media authors on separate updates correct me. One told me they were simply too tired to defend their position on a topic. In other words, “Yawn… go away little dumb person.”. The other one informed me that, while my comment made a valid point, it was off the original topic. Wow… thank goodness he shared that insight with me. It’s going to make me such a better social person in the long run. I’ll be sure to always try to keep on his topic regardless of where the conversation goes.

This is just my opinion, but if you’re so smart that people can’t have a conversation with you online, why are you so dumb to share these things in a public forum with us below-average folk? You figured it all out so what do you need us for? You just might be the dumbest smart people I’ve ever met.

Here’s my advice:

Stick it

About Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is the founder of The Marketing Technology Blog. Doug is the CMO of CircuPress and CEO of DK New Media, an agency specializing in assisting marketing technology companies with their inbound marketing - leveraging social media, blogging, search engine optimization, pay per click and public relations. Their clients include Angie's List, GoDaddy, Mindjet and many more. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies.

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3 comments

  1. I do think that social media **works better** when we try to follow best practices for civil discussion, such as refraining from name calling and staying on topic.

    But that being said, if you go into a conversation looking to be validated rather than being open to different perspectives, you’re not likely to benefit much or help anyone else.

  2. Great post Doug! Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading it..

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