I have just heard that Ed Sheeran has quit Twitter due to abuse over his Glastonbury performance.
I can only begin to imagine what it must be like to be in the public spotlight in the way that he is.
It is so sad that people have been so unpleasant that it has caused him to stop tweeting on the account.
I was actually really impressed with his performance. I thought the impact that he delivered as basically one guy with a guitar was amazing, but that is not the point.
The point is that he is putting himself out there.
He is thinking up lyrics and putting together songs and going out and performing them.
Of course you don’t have to like them, but don’t be mean and offensive towards him, just turn the television over!
It is easy to be the critic “ but it is not the critic that counts.
We all get up in the morning and try to do a good job.
Nobody sets out to do a bad job or cause upset to others.
Social media is great and I am sure that it has helped Ed Sheeran and others like him to gain a massive following.
The speed of communication is astonishing and it can bring the attention of the world to noteworthy and talented individuals.
But it is a double edged sword and it can wreak havoc and misery too.
It is easy to say that Ed Sheeran should shrug it off and ignore it, and I think that many people would assume that he would be immune to such criticism given his immense success.
But it just shows that we are all human.
You should be able to go about your day without fear of abuse or threats “ no matter who you are.
No one is immune to criticism.
I have been a surgeon for over 20 years and I still constantly worry about my patients.
Not so much about the actual operation that I have done, but about the patient’s reaction to the surgery.
I desperately want every patient to be happy and if someone is not happy with the result, even if they have had a perfect operation – then this can ruin my day or week.
I don’t have 20 million followers on Twitter to please and so I am in a much more privileged position compared to Ed Sheeran, but I can understand why he is so upset by the negativity.
I hope that he is able to find solace from his legion of raving fans, but unfortunately it is a fact of life that it takes 100 good comments to outweigh one bad comment.
I hope that he doesn’t let it get to him too much and I hope that he can find peace and happiness in his world.