A Daily Social Media Checklist

Before posting, sharing, or liking anything today
Ask the following questions:
  • What am I hoping to achieve by passing this along?
  • Is it to make me feel justified? Validated? Superior? Clever?
  • If so, ask whether doing this will really do the trick, or if that’s even something I should be pursuing (especially on the whole feeling superior part) if not, consider another path. Talking to someone in person, praying, or taking a few breaths and asking how important it is.
  • Does it make mention, especially in a derogatory or critical way of any “group” of people at all (i.e. ‘gays’, ‘fundamentalists’, ‘immigrants’, ‘welfare recipients’, ‘business owners’, ‘liberals’, ‘conservatives’, ‘muslims’, ‘christians’, etc.)
  • If so, do I know (meaning, I’ve had meaningful, in person conversations on more than one occasion) with anyone who would fit that “group” label? If so, think about them, the actual person. Is the generalization of the “group” completely accurate about that person?
  • If I don’t know anyone who would fit that “group” label, then get to know one before saying anything.
  • If I were sitting across a table from someone, and I knew that they might be upset by what I post, would I still say it to them in person?
  • Have I fact checked my source? Is it legitimate?
  • If its an opinion piece, have I made clear that it is opinion – one point of view?
  • If its controversial or provocative, then is it a ditch worth dying in?
  • Is it disrespectful, rude, or obscene? If so, then don’t post it.
  • Have I considered all who might see or read it?
  • If it is humorous, is it at someone’s expense? Even someone I don’t know, like a celebrity? If so, find another way to bring laughter or joy to others, there are plenty of ways.
  • Is it something I should save to share with a loved one, family, or close friend rather than everyone?
  • Is it beneficial?
  • Is it true?
  • Is it helpful?
  • Is it good?
  • When in doubt, write in on a piece of paper, or in a word document and wait at least 24 hours before posting.
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