You would think by having the world at our finger tips with the invention of the World-wide Web we would be smarter, brighter, and not easily deceived. Unfortunately, the complete opposite seems to be true. I am dumbfounded and taken back at the things people forward and share on social media that just isn’t true, yet because they see it, they believe it to be a fact. What happened to not checking our brains at the door?
Perhaps it is my marketing background and discerning spirit that gives me a sense of scrutiny, but I believe we all could benefit from some basic skills and inquisition when utilizing the internet and social media.
First and foremost, when you read research about anything, dig deeper to find out who funded it and why. Too often, companies pay to get the results they want and publish papers that mislead us. For instance, soy products have been pushed down our throats to the point that you can hardly find a product without it. Yet, all soy is GMO and full of estrogen and other hormones not good for us. We buy it because some report said it was good for us…most likely funded by soy growers. I’m not telling you what to do, but I am saying you need to do some homework. I am affiliated with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) because they are heavy on research and getting to the truth of health, wellness, fitness, and nutritional issues. I trust them.
Second, for goodness sake use a filter called your brain and stop jumping to conclusions and emotionally reacting to stupid stuff you read. Do you really believe everything you read? Much of what is put out there could be squashed immediately simply by using common sense and asking basic questions.
Third, watch for spin. If 20 percent of people are not shopping at a certain store any more, that means 80 percent are! Why do we fixate on the small percentage and get our panties in a wad? Do we really have nothing better to do than get worked up over nothing? Stop the madness. Think. Ask questions and seek the truth.
Lastly, if you can’t be bothered with any of the above then at least consider this: how would you feel if someone made a false post about you…told a flat-out lie about you…yet the entire world believed it and judged you? We are no different when we don’t give some thought and consideration to what we are reading…from whom, for what purpose, and why.
So stop checking your brain at the door!
While we are on the subject, we could all use some lessons in manners when we are interacting with one another on social media. Looking for some help in that department? Get a copy of my booklet, Manners Still Matter!