Chris Dailey, the University of Connecticut women’s associate head basketball has made some poignant and sharp comments about social media. Dailey’s comments were a spin on the old saying “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” With social media posts, a person creates a personal impression that just might haunt him/her for years.
Social media posts survive on the internet for years and years. Even when deleted, copies of comments might remain posted somewhere online. Certain comments cannot be deleted depending on where and how the posting was made.
Controversial, embarrassing, or obnoxious social media behavior absolutely can create problems that harm and damage reputations. Not everyone thinks of the damage such posting does at the time the posts are made, but the ramifications eventually reveal themselves.
Cumulative “bad posting” online inflicts more harm, which is why such posting is not recommended. Still, people post away with outrageous social media behavior. The impact may not reveal itself right away, but continually making a bad impression with others has a negative effect that won’t stay hidden forever.
Dailey has simple advice for those who post on social media: don’t be mindless. Mindless is the perfect word to describe how people behave on social media. No, not everyone acts in a reckless or foolish manner. Most likely allow their understanding of basic manners to apply to online activities.
Others slip now and then. They price paid for such behavior can be harsh. Harming a reputation does come with a price and that price might reveal itself in a shocking manner in time.
Since the effects of improper behavior on social media are not felt right away, nothing compels an immediate course correction. Daily warns that the effects will be felt at some point. Words and actions on social media are not felt in a vacuum. The “social” aspect means others are watching.
UConn women players are allowed to post on Instagram and Snapchat, but they cannot post on Twitter. Dailey states the policy, essentially, protects the women from hurting themselves. Dailey suggests the players might act impulsively on Twitter and say something regretful. In addition to hurting themselves, they may cause troubles for the school and the team.
Social media ills are not exactly easy to cure. The reason is human emotions and actions are at the core of bad behavior. Social media just amplifies everything to a wider audience.