I agree. It is not the real world. But many young people who grew up with the internet think it is. I have read a couple of articles about young people killing themselves because of things said in social media.
Perhaps its because I grew up in a different time but a little common courtesy goes a long way. Even on social media.
Oh man, that's a whole 'nother depressing topic in regards to social media.
I grew up before Facebook and was going into adulthood during the MySpace era. I was bullied a bit until I was like a sophomore in high school until I learned to just laugh it off and find better people to surround myself with.
I can't even imagine being in that age of hormonal craziness and being someone that is bullied relentlessly and then being unable to escape it even at home as your bullies can continue to harass you through text messages or facebook or email or whatever. It really doesn't surprise me that kids are committing suicide over that sort of harassment. At that age, you're really not mentally equipped to deal with that shit unless you've lived through some horrific trauma already and came out the other side stronger. (and we all know middle schoolers are literally satanic, demonic little shitfucks)
Social media should have been an amazing way to allow people across the globe to understand one another. Instead, it's just turned into a toxic wasteland thanks to ingrained tribalism of humanity.
Everyone has the power to shape what they see on social media and avoid this shit and make it an actual useful tool, but human curiosity and an instinctive desire to chase an exciting endorphin-release through being an anonymous asshole to someone you've never met makes a lot of social media websites a shitshow.
My Facebook is tailored to seeing pictures of friends and family living their life and showing what they do as they grow with kids, etc. As soon as someone starts posting some ranting, asinine political bullshit, they get removed from my view. Luckily, all of my closest friends and family are all level-headed and use it the same way as me, so it's not often I have to be annoyed by people I love.