What do you think about? How do you say what you want to say?
In the social media world, it is easier to voice our opinions and say what we want to say. Social media is a non-verbal method of communication in which we can speak freely without anyone looking straight into our eyes or talking back to us directly. We feel freer to express ideas, thoughts, and opinions without the fear of someone talking back to us or attacking us face to face.
However, social media can be a dangerous method of communication as well. While we are free to express ourselves and make our opinions and ideas known, we must remember that social media communication is forever. What is posted online, stays online. Even if we guard our friends list and only accept friend requests from people we know, social media posts can be read and seen by others with whom we may not know. Social media is an open platform of communication available throughout the internet world. What goes online can be seen by anyone with internet access, regardless of how we try to protect ourselves.
With that open communication in mind, we must work to guard ourselves and our reputations. We must T.H.I.N.K. before posting anything online. Before posting, remember to T.H.I.N.K:
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?
If the words we post online and on social media pages answer no to any of the above questions, then we must think and we must not post it. Our goal and mission should be to build up and encourage others. If our posts fail to do that, then we must avoid those kinds of postings.
But… you say: It’s my page and I can post what I want.
True… it is your (our) pages. But… in reality, we cannot post whatever we want however we want to post it. We can deliver our messages in methods that speak our minds while maintaining a spirit of truth and inspiration in necessary and kind ways.
Do not post out of frustration. Take a few minutes or even days to cool off when frustrated. Most likely, after a few hours we will have had time to cool off and see a different perspective of the situation, and therefore, make more educated and thoughtful posts.
Do not post out of anger. Again, take a few minutes to cool off and decide if posting those thoughts are really worthy of posting. After all, maybe the situation is only between you and one other person; therefore, it does not need to be aired over the internet.
Do not post out of sadness. If you are feeling sad or lonely, do something as a release and occupy your mind and body to overcome that sad feeling. Read a book. Visit or call a friend. Exercise by walking or running. A good dose of endorphins will overcome sadness and get you back into a healthy emotional state.
Bottom line: Remember to T.H.I.N.K before posting. By thinking first, we do not have to retract what we have said to anyone.