Whether on TV or on Social Media, we’ve all witnessed it.
Former Miss Lebanon Karen Ghrawi fell on National Television in the middle of the stage while doing her final farewell walk.
A fall which was described as “epic” or “historical” and which left everyone, laughing, commenting and tweeting until late hours of the night.
But Karen Ghrawi was not the only one to have fallen that night on Miss Lebanon 2014, we all did.
Starting by myself, some news websites, some people at home, and everyone, laughing, commenting and tweeting until late hours of the night; we all fell in the trap of Adult Cyber Bullying.
None of us who impulsively pointed fingers, meant to be part of any mass shaming campaign but we all did and worst of all, none of us are aware how every time we do so on Social Media, even innocently, we are impacting someone’s life.
In fact, Cyber bullying is believed to affect twice as many times women and has much more severe consequences than real life bullying:
– Cyber Bullying can easily go viral and be shared by thousands in a few minutes.
– Cyber Bullying gets saved in online databases and remains forever a scar for its target on every google or youtube search.
– Cyber Bullying leaves the victim with no safe space to escape to, neither is it restricted to a geographical area.
– Cyber Bullying can be done by an anonymous.
While this blog has been more than proud to highlight numerous times when us young Lebanese have used Social Media to positively change our community, we also feel concerned of the numerous times we all used Social Media to mock and humiliate people for making innocent mistakes all people do.
A final word to Karen Ghrawi, forgive us. Unknowingly our Lebanese society has molded us into adult bullies who wait eagerly for each other’s falls to point and judge.
Your fall was innocent, accidental and graceful, our fall on the other hand was the real shameful one.
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