Five Facebook Mistakes

11.5.14I suppose this could be about all social media, but Facebook seems to take up most of our time on the computer these days (and for the foreseeable future?). As with all things we need wisdom to use such a gift … and yes, I do regard Facebook as a gift. It is a free utility that allows us to connect with so many people that we might not hear from otherwise. I enjoy it and feel blessed by it. However, it is not without some danger zones! Here are Five Facebook Mistakes to avoid.

1. Embracing Your Desire to Correct Everyone. There is such a thing as a Facebook Troll … you’ve seen them. They are the ones who make comments just to stir the pot without any real interest in engaging. Unfortunately we can sometimes become unwitting trolls by making our way down the timeline correcting grammar, misconceptions, immaterial details, and opinions. When we interact with others on social media it should be a happy social experience. It’s ok if someone is misinformed, mistaken, or holds a different opinion than you! The one exception to this is …

2. Sharing Spurious ‘News’ Items Without Checking Them Out. For some people it must be true because they read it on the internet! I think it is good to correct these items so that you are at least doing your part to stop the passing along of fake news. If you see a news item that stands out as something bizarre or amazing, the likelihood  is that it is just untrue. There are fact-checking sites that are easily accessed so that you can usually know in just a few minutes if something is true or not – preferably BEFORE you pass it on. The one exception to this is…

3. Failing to Laugh When You’re Supposed to. Sometimes humor is hard to communicate with words – and even with pictures. Today’s headline on The Onion is that “Paleontologists Determine that Dinosaurs Were Killed By Someone They Trusted!” You should not attempt to correct such an obvious attempt at humor. Just grin. There are lots of funny things on Facebook. If you don’t get it, just refresh your page and move on. If it has to be explained to you it’s not funny anyway. Everyone has a different sense of humor. Sometimes humor misunderstood leads to…

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4. Inability to Shake it Off. Have you ever posted something on your timeline and someone objected or disagreed? No worries. But then they posted again … and again. And pretty soon it is obvious that they do not intend to stop posting until you agree with them. If you are on someone else’s page arguing with them the chances are that you are not winning the argument and instead are becoming an irritant. I think it’s ok to express yourself, then drop it. You can talk about it on your page if you want to. No need to litter someone else’s page. This is especially true when it comes to …

5. Politics on Facebook … Just … Don’t. Often times people do not look at the source of a ‘news story’. Headlines are skewed based on which political party is posting. But even if what is said is true, is anyone changing their political views based upon a Facebook post? I hope we are not that easily swayed! I seldom share political news stories for this reason. But when I see something related to politics that I disagree with, my usual response is to move on. I’ve seen swords clashing over political ideals and in the end nothing has changed except blood pressure of the participants! Post what you like on your page, but don’t go to war on someone else’s page!

I’m happy to share my wisdom with you on these matters in hopes of a brighter and better Facebook experience.

Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold. ~Proverbs 3:13-14

Thanks for reading. JD

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