Thursday 14 December 2017

Social media - the one area where women dominate men

Social media is an important communication tool and it is here to stay. Stock photo: Getty/NurPhoto
Social media is an important communication tool and it is here to stay. Stock photo: Getty/NurPhoto

Barbara Scully

Social media gets a bad rap, some of which is justified and some of which is exaggerated and often peddled by those who are irregular users of the various applications many of us enjoy on a daily basis.

There is no doubt women get a disproportionate amount of abuse online - especially opinionated women. A lot of the abuse is deeply misogynistic, extremely aggressive, threatening and personally hurtful. No matter how much we console ourselves that the senders of this abuse are probably 'saddoes' in their jocks, living vicariously through some anonymous online profile, coming up against such violent hate can come between a woman and her night's sleep.

So I would not for one moment either justify or minimise the awful behaviour that can exist online, but I am completely against any calls to have social media policed or censored. Social media is an important communication tool and it is here to stay. But it is particularly valuable for women.

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