Last week, I made the mistake of engaging in a “discussion” on Facebook over what I felt, was misrepresented information. I rarely comment on such posts for a few reasons.
- A vast majority of it is sensationalism
- I don’t believe social media is the place to discuss issues which require many layers of information & discussion
- I have no desire to open a dialogue on Facebook over something I don’t have actual facts or expertise in
But this one struck a chord. It was personal & believe it or not, I actually have some expertise in the particular area this post was about.
I found myself immersed in a dialogue that left me rolling my eyes & wondering why I was bothering to waste another single one of my brain cells trying to enlighten the people invested in this thread of conversation.
I was very quickly reminded of why I don’t do this on a regular basis. Why I see these posts & move along, instead seeking an uplifting quote, sharing a funny or inspiring video, or commenting on a picture or life event someone has shared.
I am always a wee bit stunned at how quickly people repost shit crap on social media. No research to investigate whether there is an ounce truth in the document or study. A simple click of the share button, with the mentality of, it is on social media, so it must be so.
Seriously? Is this what we have become? This is how we obtain our information to make informed decisions?
I am all for freedom of speech, freedom to form and express an opinion, freedom to believe in whatever you chose, but for the love of God, know what you are talking about.
Think before you post. Do your research & have some true understanding of what you speak.
As for me, it will be the last time I engage in this sort of dialogue. My elevated heart rate will be saved for the gym.
Have a fabulous weekend!