I love social media, I do. Like anything it can be such a great way to keep in touch with the many people in your life that, with today's busy lives it would be so hard to stay in touch with. With any technology though, it does come with it's darker side.

One of the things I have disliked for many years is the overwhelming negativity of comments that people make about celebrities, or news items that in reality they know nothing about. There is a ambiguous anonymity that people perceive, so they feel more safe to make sometimes cruel statements. Perhaps, there is even a sense that the "on line" world isn't the real world so nothing that you do or say in cyber space really matters.

I know there are many of young people who have been bullied on line that would strongly disagree. I cant imagine someone just standing in a crowd and loudly yelling out about a stranger, :Man, that chick is busted! You are so ugly!"  Yet, on line that is all too common.

When do we all get so damned judgmental? When did the majority of us become so exalted morally that we feel it is OK to pass judgement on others so easily?

All of this brings me to this story. A woman on a train is listening to a bunch of guys going on about their triumphs, lives and whatever it is some men are apt to "brag" about. She posted a picture of the man, who she DOES NOT know , and wrote this: If this is your husband, I have endured a 2 hour train ride from Philadelphia listening to this loser and his friends brag about their multiple affairs and how their wives are too stupid to catch on. Oh please repost ...

Here is the photo, although I have blacked out the mans face:

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At my last check this photo with her comments had, 276,092 shares.

So I ask you, do you think this is ok? Should a stranger be able to "call you out" through social media especially when they really know very little about you or the facts of your situation? We do not even know if this man is married, or if he was making these things up to impress his buddies, we really KNOW nothing. And if he is married and these things are true, is this the proper way for his wife, maybe their children to hear about this. Could he lose his job? I just fear for a world where people think this is a good thing.

What do you think?