Tim Tebow really tries his best to make this world a better place with his actions, but one of his latest ideas did not come across well on social media.
The former NFL quarterback turned Mets minor leaguer published a blog post recently where he spoke on this generation and the need to have likes, favorites, thumbs up and other similar gestures of approval.
The pursuit of “validation” and “acceptance” are normal human tendencies, Tebow says — but he wonders if “respects” would be impactful:
“We live in a day and age where people live to be liked on social media. We’ve become conditioned to fear criticism because everything is about being “liked”. If it’s not “likes”, it’s “followers”, and if it’s not “followers” it’s “shares”. It’s human nature to seek validation and acceptance because it gives us a sense of belonging and community. However, we have to pause and ask ourselves which communities are we joining, and what do we have to do to get there?
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines, a “Like” is an electronic registration of one’s approval of something, such as an online post or comment for others to see. In simple terms when you like something, it means you simply feel some attraction to it or you find pleasure in it. On the contrary, “Respect” is defined as a consideration worthy of high regard or esteem. This means for someone to earn your respect, they have to try a little harder, and vice versa.”
He then took his thoughts to Twitter:
The feedback was expected: