Social media has become such a big part of the lives of people of all ages. It is no secret that there are many times when social media users lack civility in their posts or comments. It is important for social media users to be aware of other people using these platforms and how their words can effect others. It is important when you see an unkind or disrespectful comment or post on social media to advocate for civility without adding to the problem. When reacting to posts it is important to take a second to think about what to say. Users can influence social media in a positive way by using it as a tool to advocate for change. When you see a disrespectful comment or post it is easy to attack the author of the post; however, to be productive and civil one must not try to fix hate with hate. It is important to be clear and concise and shut down any negativity towards a controversial issue or debate.
A simple way that social media users can advocate for increased civility is using their own platforms to demonstrate how to use social media in a positive way. Users can also use their voices on social media to stand up for what they believe in; however, it is important to be considerate and use the right tone when posting. It is vital for social media citizens when posed with a comment or post that is not civil to not feed the fire with comments that add to the problem. One must address the situation with respect for both parties and their opinions because if not they can anger people even more which can make the situation worse. It is just a rule of thumb to be respectful and make sure that your post or comments are civil. Social media users should not go straight to attacking each other for their beliefs or ideas. When this changes and people are more respectful and civil on social media the dynamic of the the platform with become more positive.