Friday, February 1, 2013

press send

I have a question for you...

How many text messages do you send in a day?

How many personal emails do you send in day?

How many Facebook posts do you make in a day?

How many times do you comment on someones Facebook page or "LIKE" their status in day?

How many tweets do you send in a day?

If you stopped and calculated these numbers, you'd see that they are alot higher than you thought they would be. While you're in the process of sending these messages, do you ever stop and process the messages YOU are sending?

Have you ever 'vented' in a text, email or social media? Do you remember what you said?

The reason why I ask is that I don't think most people stop to think about the information that they are putting out into the atmosphere. And I see it daily. The Facebook rants. The twitter tirades. Most are riddled with nonsense with no thought behind it. Just venom. In this day of social media and all access, you have to be careful about the information that you put out there. Communication is not just about talking...its also about how the information is received. For example, what would you think if I posted the following on Facebook or Twitter or this blog...

"I'm so tired of this her and this bullshit."

You would assume that I am talking about my wife and you'd assume that there are problems in my house. I see this type of stuff every day. From the rants about people's personal life, the rants about baby momma/baby daddy issues, the Self Loathing that Dluvhall talked about the other day, and just the overall nonsense. Sometimes, i have to step back and ask myself "Did they read what they just wrote?" And with the popularity of sites like Instagram, some folks REALLY don't think twice about what they post. I'm very cautious about the pictures that I post...particularly of my kids because they are kids. At certain age, people won't see pictures them online anywhere. But that's just me. I won't even get into these public figures who say something in a tweet only to regret it later. Then comes the public apology or the claim that their account was "hacked"

While I can't tell anybody what to say in any text, email, tweet, or Facebook post...I will ask that you THINK before you press SEND

Once it's's said. Everything ain't meant for public consumption


Tee Reese said...

I concur!

Unknown said...

I think you are right about that.

I may do 100 texts a day. 20 emails a day. Rarely on facebook. Very limited when it comes to the twitter streets. Much of that is that I don't like the ratchetness going on. Too much chewing gum for the brain. If I want drama, I can watch tv. Plus, I don't like my life surrounding this stuff, man. Something unhealthy about it all replacing our organic relationships.

Much of this being "plugged in" with social media, etc., has brought life down to being very much instantaneous... so people rarely think before they type. That is a big problem. I don't foresee that going away, especially in the young people.

LadyLee said...

That last comment was from me, sir. Don't know why it posted up as unknown.