I have to admit, I do enjoy a good Facebook fight. And as long as you’re not involved in it, who doesn’t? It’s like watching a really good episode of a reality TV show (Keeping up with the Kardashians, anyone?) but instead of celebrities those involved are people you actually know.

These days it seems like Facebook arguments are popping up everywhere. I’ve seen friends and family members hash it out over Facebook and stop speaking to each other or drop the other person completely because of the outcome.

No matter how entertaining it may be to watch, I still think calling the person on the phone or meeting with them to discuss things over lunch is a much better option to publicly calling someone out.

Personally I think Facebook (or any social media platform for that matter) is a poor location for having a serious discussion or argument. I’ve found it’s more difficult to say something nasty out loud than it is on the computer--therefore breeding many rude comments online.

A keyboard doesn’t have as much humanity as the person you are having a disagreement with. So sometimes it’s easier to lose your cool on the Internet because typing is much easier than saying something out loud.

It’s easy to say something you don’t mean when you can’t see the person you are fighting with.

Even if your response seemed much more peaceful in your head, the other person may not know that. Body language and tone of voice is excluded when talking on the Internet, leading to many unintentional misunderstandings.

Choosing to be the bigger person and avoiding online conflict can save your feelings or someone else’s. Keeping a negative comment to yourself instead of posting it on someone’s wall/page/picture can spare yourself and other people many hurt feelings.

And even though it’s difficult to avoid fighting and arguing online, others will admire your maturity when you wisely handle difficult situations (both online and off).

For those of us who have grown up on the Internet, we understand just how powerful and how destructive it can be. We are used to seeing negative comments on people’s selfies and rude posts about other people’s thoughts and beliefs.

As the generation that is perhaps most familiar with the online world, don’t you think we can be the people that stand up and do something about how devastating it can be?

We should protect our friends, family, and even strangers from the treacherous things we see out there.

Social media can be useful to make connections with lost friends and new friends. But sometimes it seems like people forget that the Internet a tool and not a hatchet. So let’s bury it and continue posting pictures of our dinner and our dog, not something negative about a friend.

Hello all!  

You may be wondering where these words on the screen are coming from and I’m here to fix that problem.  

My name is Rachel Anderson and I’m a college student from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  

As a vocal jazz major, I hope to be a well-known jazz singer one day and make jazz come alive again in America. I spend a lot of time listening to jazz greats like Nat King Cole and (my favorite) Ella Fitzgerald. I also splurge in jamming out to my favorite 80s pop goddess Madonna.  

My days comprise of drinking large amounts of coffee and tea and going on road trips throughout the northwest. I love hiking, biking, photographing scenery, and spending as much time as I can in the beautiful outdoors. Nature is so inspiring to me.  

As the managing editor of my school’s newspaper, I also spend a lot of time writing and reading stories in print and all over the web. I enjoy writing and reading anything from poetry to financial advice columns.  

I also spend a lot of time making experimental food and trying new dishes. As a vegan, I find myself eating tofu at least once day. (C’mon people. Tofu isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s actually quite delicious.)  

This summer I plan on going on many adventures and learning many new things that I’d love to share with all of you!  

Stay tuned for more updates on my life and learning's.  

Thanks for reading!