Social media is no place for hot-heads

The Dallas Cowboys are struggling this season as several key players have become sidelined with devastating injuries. Fans are upset. They were hoping to see the big blue star head toward the 2016 Super Bowl.

When people are frustrated and upset they often lash out vengefully at the people they consider responsible.  It does not matter if it is truly the person being attacked is truly at fault.

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Cole Beasley took the brunt of the backlash from people on Twitter after a fumbled punt lead to the New York Giants gaining control and ultimately a win of the Oct. 25 game in the remaining moments.

Beasley’s wife, Kyrstin Beasley, fired back at people who began blaming her husband for costing the Cowboys the game by responding with scathing profanity laced responses. It wasn’t long before the Dallas Morning News article appeared detailing Beasley’s responses.

Beasleys wife goes off on Twitter. Courtesy: Dallas Morning News Facebook page.

Beasleys wife goes off on Twitter. Courtesy: Dallas Morning News Facebook page.

 

I know plenty of people who if their children or significant others are attacked verbally or physically they will do whatever it takes to defend them. I completely understand the reasoning from the loved one’s point of view. Who doesn’t want to protect their beloved’s reputation? There is nothing wrong with that.

Kyrstin Beasley broke the cardinal rule of social media. Whether you are an individual or representing a major brand, as her husband does every time he puts on the silver helmet bearing the giant blue star – do not post when you are frustrated or riled up. When you respond while you are irritated you will be responding with pure emotion, instead of thinking sensibly.

Kyrstin Beasley later apologized for her profanity-filled tweets and eventually deleted her Twitter account. She attributed her outburst to someone on Twitter-speaking badly about her son.

Some Twitter users understood her frustration and offered her their support.

Tweets from Beasley supporters Courtesy: Twitter.com

Tweets from Beasley supporters Courtesy: Twitter.com

Even Cowboy teammate Dez Bryant tried to uplift her spirits.

Dez Bryant tweet supporting the Beasley family supporters Courtesy: Twitter.com

Dez Bryant tweet supporting the Beasley family supporters Courtesy: Twitter.com

Social media is intended for a two-way communication. Which works great when both sides are being respectful. Yes, even in frustration a person can civilly make their displeasure known.

It’s a sad commentary on today’s warped society, but there are people who have nothing better to do then attack and tear down other human beings. With the advent of social media mean spirited people can now launch written taunts while safely hiding behind their closest digital device.

Remember, just make sure you have a calm head when responding to internet trolls trying to push your buttons.  Feel free to reply to the haters, but turn the tables on them by responding in a polite way. Remember the old saying: “Kill them with kindness.”

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