Misunderstandings can blow a problem out of proportion and people can really be affected by it. People tend to react without actually knowing the actual facts and end up paying the price for it. The lack of understanding has only reached new heights with the emergence of social media.
It is high time that people understand the social media world and react accordingly. However, when you don’t do it the virtual community will always teach you the lesson.
Here are some of the misunderstandings that happened due to social media:
Never think about to dying, again.
“My mom posted an unflattering picture of me on her Facebook. I commented ‘I want to die’. I ended up sitting through a 30-minute lecture where my mother tried to talk me out of suicide.”
He thought it was an emergency.
“My mom messaged me on Facebook ‘COME HERE. COME HERE PLEEEASEE’, so thinking that it was an emergency, I rushed to her place two blocks away only to find that she needed help fixing her computer screen. She also needed me to turn her laptop’s caps lock off. Because of it all, I missed the bus and was late for an interview.”
Here’s why Facebook’s Algorithm sucks.
“I usually hit like on any Facebook friend’s post, but I didn’t know the Facebook feed was no longer in chronological order, meaning photos in my feed might have been posted days ago. Until one day I got a message from a girl who thought I was stalking her profile because I kept liking old pictures. She unfriended me before I could explain.”
Be careful with the emojis.
” I was Facebook messaging my female boss, joking about work, when I ended my text with emoji. She thought I was flirting with her and rebuffed my advances.”
Social media misunderstandings due to laziness.
“I forgot to bring my phone to my son’s play. So I asked my ex to send me the pictures. That night I messaged her on Facebook “send pics pls.” Her boyfriend thought I was asking for nudes.”
That’s a cool story.
My friend posted a link to his short story blog, and I unaware that it was a meme used to mock boring exposition, commented, “Cool story bro”. He messaged me saying he didn’t like my patronizing tone.
Searching for someone’s profile?
“Searching for someone’s profile. I accidentally posted their name as a status update. The girl was not impressed. The wife was really not impressed.”
Misunderstandings can be hard to digest.
My first post on a role playing forum was as a spy character, where I offered a group dirt on one of their members. The group that it was a real threat. Said I was trolling and banned me from the site.”
Social media turned him into an Asocial person.
I posted as my Facebook status a quote from a novel about how my culture out too much emphasis on the young being respectful to the elders and not the other way around. My mom thought it was a poke at her over a minor quarrel we’d had a few days earlier (and by then I had forgotten all about it) and sent me very long text scolding me for posting about a family quarrel for everyone to see on Facebook. It took a longer text message to convince her otherwise.”
Read it completely.
“My girlfriend texted me a funny joke and I forwarded it to one of my co-workers thinking she’d enjoy it too. I didn’t realize that my girlfriend had added an “I love you sexy” at the bottom. My co-worker merely replied “OK” and we never spoke of it ever
“My friend excitedly texted me about their sweet victory and I wanted to see if he was kidding or not so I replied “Really?” He thought that I was being sarcastic… “
Again, careful with the emojis.
“I woke up early one morning and started scrolling through my newsfeed half asleep. I thought I saw a meme and I ‘haha’ reacted on it. 15 minutes later, I get a call from my buddy saying I need to remove that ‘haha’ reaction from his profile picture…. “