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Sadly, here I am again adding to the count of posts in this series posing the question… are you listening to social media?

For a night like this in which I am writing this post, social media is all about brain candy. From the excitement of watching playoff football games with a viral community to offering opinions on the outfits, acceptance speeches, and results of the Golden Globes, we find our comfort in reading the feed, but not in between the feed.

To effectively read in between the feed, one must effectively listen to the feed.

If this was in your feed, how would you respond?

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And with this, the final 7 statements from another life gone way too soon.

Did you see it? Did you hear it?

Sadly, 69,000 others didn’t either.

Friends, it’s time to listen to social media. In this, we just might find something to respond to that could save a life.

The three most important words one can use in the form of a question when listening to social media are:

Are you okay?

Together, we can make a difference if we would lead with listening and follow with responding. But to do this, it will require one thing… that we all stop talking long enough to hear the cry of another.

To read the other posts in this series, click here.

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2 responses »

  1. erin says:

    Oh jeez. What a terribly sad thing to happen.

    One of the side effects of this culture in which we constantly post every detail about our lives is, I think, that people do stop listening. Maybe he’d threatened suicide before, maybe people have the attitude that the only ones who take their own lives are the ones you wouldn’t expect – the people who don’t talk about it, the people who seem the happiest. It’s not always the case.

    There’s also a comfortable distance online. You don’t want to be the one who overreacts… or the one that places the 100th call to the police. Instead, you (we) do nothing.

  2. Lidia says:

    I used to follow a person on Twitter. Her tweets were always somewhat bipolar. One evening she started to tweet about how her life was not worth it. No matter what I said she responded with negativity. I don’t know her. I don’t know where she lives. I wouldn’t know who to contact. It frustrated me to no end and that entire evening I worried about her. She deleted her account and I feared the worse. The next morning she was back on Twitter in a wonderful, sunshiny mood. I have since unfollowed her.

    How do you tell who is truly calling out for help versus those that are drama addicts?

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