Criteria for Posting
Updated: Apr 4, 2020
Wondering if you should post? It's often hard to distinguish between our feelings of insecurity when posting something online and our feelings of right and wrong. I know I've had something I've wanted to post, but wondered how it would effect the way others thought of me. There's a big difference between those very normal insecurities we all have, and the feeling that what we are posting isn't right. Before you click "post" ask yourself, is it:
Kind - Are you taking into consideration the feelings of others? Sometimes, this means refraining from speaking at all. Other times, it means saying what has to be said but using only the gentlest phrasing.
True - What you are saying may not be an outright lie, but could it be categorized as a rumor, gossip or an exaggeration? Does what we're posting work to paint a unrealistic image of yourself or someone else?
Necessary - Is what you're posting necessary? Are these exact words right for the message you want to communicate? Sometimes we can say too much. We may violate the privacy of others or ourselves by revealing too many intimate details. This category can also take the form of negative comments, complains, or insults.
Being mindful of each of these categories may seem tedious, but we need to take into consideration just how impact our digital footprint can be. What we post online is a direct representation of ourselves that is, for all intents and purposes, permanent. Being mindful about what we put online simply means slowing down and creating our post with care.