Robert Griffin III, the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, has said that he no longer wants to use social media. Accounts show that he is giving up on it until the football season is over. He is doing this because he feels that the comments that are coming his way are only negative, and he is simply sick of dealing with it.
One example that he provided was when he posted a picture and a note about going to a fundraiser. He said that he even got negative comments about that charity event, and he realized that people could negatively comment on anything.
Sultan Alhokair says this is a very interesting story because it highlights the way that people can be ruthless online in a way that they would never be in real life. While RGIII has had a very bad season, and the Redskins have not been winning very much, people would likely not make such harsh comments if he was talking to them in person – especially if he was trying to tell them how he was going to a fundraiser. Online, though, people are willing to say these things.
It seems that RGIII has learned a very important lesson about the rather dark side of social media.