Social media presents inappropriate way to deal with personal problems, causes tension off-line

Hailey McEntee, Co-Editor

It seems lately like people are crossing the line with what they say on Twitter.
Every Friday night after 10 p.m., Twitter blows up with a mixture of complaints, excitement and bragging about high school football games.
When a school’s team loses the game, people start blaming the refs or making up excuses.
When a school’s team wins the game, people taunt the school they beat.
I find both of these instances to be ridiculous.
Believe it or not, the final score of the game won’t change because you tweeted the ref was wrong.
Believe it or not, the game is over and done with, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Believe it or not, there are more important things than the outcome of a game.
If we want other teams to respect us, we need to respect them, whether we win or lose. I’m not saying students shouldn’t get excited and tweet about how proud they are of the team, but we need to keep our negative comments to ourselves.
A number of coaches I’ve played sports for have said, “Leave it all on the field.” This relates perfectly to how students should behave on Twitter after games.
There is no reason to keep fighting about a game once it is already over. After all, doesn’t beating a team and simply leaving it at that make a bigger statement than going on Twitter and making some cocky comment?
We have been taught well to be first class — so let’s keep it that way.
Outside of sports, people are tweeting about things that aren’t appropriate for everyone to know.
I don’t want to see a million tweets about how you are so upset about something your boyfriend or girlfriend did or about all your innermost feelings — and I don’t think anyone else wants to, either.
Also, subtweeting — negatively tweeting about at a certain person, but not tagging them in it — is becoming a huge issue.
If you have a problem with someone, why don’t you just tell it directly to their face and try to work things out?
Simply tweeting about your problems will not solve anything — it will just cause more tension.
Just imagine if what you post on Twitter is what you would say out loud. If you wouldn’t say it, then don’t tweet it.
We all need to work on keeping negative comments to ourselves and just tweeting positively. Twitter is a great way to interact with our friends, but we need to make sure it is being used appropriately.