Now don’t get me wrong, social media can be a wonderful tool used for marketing your brand, entertainment, news, etc., but it can also be a platform for ridicule. Jordan Spieth, one of the best professional golfers in the world, broke down in the Masters on Sunday. He had a five-shot lead going into the back nine and he went bogey, bogey, quadruple bogey in the first 3 holes on the back nine. There is no way around it, he choked and hit some terrible shots.
The terrible thing for me is social media being used to tear him even further down. Sometimes I wonder why people add some of the things they do to social media. What gives those people the right to say something? Are they one of the top players in the world? Do they enjoy saying negative things about someone? Now if you watched the after math on Sunday night, it was extremely evident how disappointed Spieth was after his collapse. I can only imagine how much worse it is waking up the next day seeing all the ridicule out there on the Internet.
Now I am a big Spieth fan, but let me give you a little background about the Masters if you don’t know much about it. Spieth won the Masters (1 of the 4 major golf tournaments in a given year) last year, so he come in this year defending his title. Also, whoever wins the Masters gets a green jacket. And want to know who presents the green jacket to the winner? It is the previous years winner. So not only did Jordan just have his heart broken after losing the tournament he was set up to win, but he had to collect himself, get interviewed many times on live television, and he had to put the green jacket on Danny Willett, the Masters winner. If that doesn’t take a high character person to do that, than I don’t know what does. Jordan handled himself with the utmost respect for Willett and acted like a total gentleman.
So when I woke up the Monday after the Masters I thought there would be applauding of Spieth for how he handled himself, instead there was a lot of mocking and stabs made at Spieth. Some of them my be seen as funny, but in my opinion there is a thin line between funny and mean and most are unnecessary and rude. In my opinion, social media should be used to escalate this world we live in, not give it another platform to bully and treat people with disrespect.
Some examples include pictures mocking Spieth. Some examples included merciless comments on Twitter. Nobody deserves that after experiencing something they never want to happen again.
Maybe I’m too sensitive I don’t know, but I think Spieth deserved to be admired for how he composed himself. Social media should be a place to give opinions, yes, but tearing people down is a different story. There were enough examples of bullying when there was a world without social media, this generation doesn’t need to add social media as an additional platform.