I know lots of people using Sarahah–the new app which allows you to receive anonymous notes and comments from friends.
Personally, I receive enough anonymous (or semi-anonymous) comments while blogging. So, I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, yet.
But I definitely don’t agree with this guy, who is against anyone using the app at all:
I don’t know whether Ryan Christopher is going to leave his post up for the rest of eternity. So, let me just pull out some of the most interesting quotes, for posterity, in case my link ends up being broken:
“I remember my highschool abusing a site called Formspring to tease a girl. I remember the anonymous messages escalating to pervasive harassment…”
“These sites are dangerous. Minds are vulnerable, especially for those who are already struggling with self-esteem.”
“Sarahah opens doors to cyberbullying, and from there, it’s undetermined…”
“Even if you are strong enough to withstand a possibly cruel message, know that others may not have your resilience…”
I’m sorry, but the more I read that, the more ludicrous it becomes to me.
We actually believe there are people out there who can’t learn to ignore mean comments? And then they’ll HAVE to kill themselves?
I mean, if this is such a big problem, maybe we should stop buying pens and paper, too!
Someone could leave a mean, anonymous post-it on your car!
Readers, please listen to this:
Running and hiding from bullies is NOT a solution for “vulnerable minds.”
I’m not just saying it’s difficult to protect our weak friends from mean lies; I’m saying it’s completely impossible.
Here it is again, in different words:
If you’re worried about people around you having “vulnerable minds,” you can’t waste time trying to make the world safer for them.
Instead, you must prepare their minds for the world!
Sarahah isn’t dangerous.
At least, not any more dangerous than a postcard, which could just as easily be used to injure someone who’s “struggling with self-esteem.” But, if we can’t exist with postcards around, doesn’t that point to a bigger problem?
I think the truly dangerous thing is a culture that keeps telling us certain people are unable to cope with mean lies, because of “undetermined” circumstances…
They’re just vulnerable, and they always will be.
They have no choice but to internalize the lies and probably kill themselves…
Make no mistake, Reader, THAT IS ACTUALLY THE DEADLY LIE, contributing to suicide culture.
Disguised as something compassionate and supportive, Ryan Christopher’s warning about Sarahah actually dis-empowers those who are being bullied and keeps them vulnerable, rather than teaching them the secret of dealing with negative comments in a healthy manner.
Am I making sense here???