The Arguments That Are Completely Inappropriate to Have on Twitter

Twitter is a great way to promote your professional brand, keep up with friends, or track the latest news trends. However, it also has a dark side. Some people misuse social media to launch bitter attacks against others or make people feel bad about themselves. With that in mind, here are five arguments that are completely inappropriate to have on Twitter.

1. A bitter breakup

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Do not broadcast your bitter breakup on Twitter. | iStock.com/AndreyPopov

Breakups are painful. However, Twitter is not the place to nurse your broken heart or vent frustrations about your partner. If you and your partner are having issues, don’t broadcast it on social media. But remember that social media is not a replacement for a phone. If you’re having a lover’s quarrel, just leave a phone message and wait for a response.

Why it’s inappropriate

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Twitter isn’t the right place to air your personal frustrations. | iStock.com/oneinchpunch

Whatever you do, don’t break up over Twitter. If you’re going to call it quits, have the decency to do it in private. Although you might be angry, try your best to handle a breakup with care. Your ex might be testing your patience right now, but he or she still has feelings. Don’t post something on Twitter you’ll regret later. Personal conversations of this nature are better kept private.

2. Telling your boss to shove it

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Refrain from sending an angry tweet at three in the morning. | iStock.com/imtmphoto

At some point in their careers, most employees dream of telling their boss off and then storming out the door — some supervisors just have a way of getting under your skin. They might be rude, a micromanager, clueless, or just pure evil. No matter how much your boss annoys you, refrain from sending an angry tweet at three o’clock in the morning. That’s just a recipe for disaster.

Why it’s inappropriate

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Do you work for Dr. Evil? | New Line Cinema

Your supervisor is still managing you and should be respected. Also remember that future employers check your social media accounts when conducting a background check, so anything you say on your social accounts could be held against you. Unsavory comments left for the world to see could cost you a job. A Career Builder survey found 60% of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates. This is an 8% increase from 2015 and a whopping 49% increase from 2006.

3. A friend fight

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Friends forever? | iStock.com/jacoblund

You and your friends aren’t always going to feel friendly toward each other every day. It’s not unusual to annoy each other and disagree about things. However, using Twitter to air out your complaints just adds fuel to the fire. Since others can see your argument, they could jump in and start egging you and your future ex-friend on.

Why it’s inappropriate

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Be respectful and keep your friendship intact. | iStock.com/UberImages

Similar to a romantic relationship, fights between good friends should be handled privately. This is the right thing to do out of respect for each other and your friendship. If you want your friendship to last, take your quarrels offline. If you don’t, you could lose your friend. Bad online behavior is a sure way to alienate people. Roughly 49% of Americans have blocked or unfriended someone online because of bad behavior, and a third decided to stop using certain online sites or platforms, a Weber Shandwick survey found.

4. Shaming or harassment

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Twitter has become a popular tool used to spew hateful messages. | iStock.com/AntonioGuillem

When some people get mad and see that they’re not winning an argument, they immediately resort to shaming. Unfortunately, Twitter has become a popular tool (or weapon) used to spew hateful messages. Some even take things a step further and start tagging others to join in on the argument.

Needless to say, engaging in shaming on Twitter is abusive and damaging. And no one is immune. Everyone from high schoolers to celebrities could be the target of body, race, or gender-identity shaming on Twitter. One high-profile case of Twitter harassment involved Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, proving it really is a problem.

Why it’s inappropriate

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It’s never OK to publicly shame someone. | iStock.com/nandyphotos

It’s never appropriate to make someone feel ashamed about who he or she is. There’s a big difference between constructive criticism and downright abusive behavior. If you’re ever tempted to shame someone on Twitter, stop to analyze your actions. Are you doing this because you don’t feel good about yourself? It’s not right to hurt someone just because you’re having a bad day and you’re not happy with your life, so keep your comments to yourself.  

5. Talking about other people’s children

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Kids are off limits when it comes to social media. | Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

Another misuse of social media is when children are attacked on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. One recent situation was when Beyoncé fans (as well as those who weren’t fans) took to social media to make fun of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Following an awards ceremony where Beyoncé walked the red carpet with her daughter, some Twitter users made rude comments, saying the little one wasn’t as beautiful as her mother.

Why it’s inappropriate

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Keep your mean comments to yourself. | iStock.com/fizkes

Children of celebrities and non-celebrities alike should be off limits. Poking fun at children on Twitter is right up there with offering unsolicited parenting advice to a stranger in a supermarket. If someone doesn’t ask for your help or advice, you shouldn’t give it. Picking on children in a public forum shows a lack of self-esteem as well as a lack of character.

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