Social networking is a faceless community. Typically, you don’t see the man who enjoys your photos, resents your articles or even shares your thoughts. It’s just fun – they say. Let me say it is never fun if the recipient is scared to the center or if the post involves character assassination. This post is about how social media is being used to assassinate an individual’s character.
The risks and benefits of social media.
No doubt, social media has countless blessings attached to it. It offers you worldwide connectivity, hooks you up with people of shared interests, keeps you informed, and is a great marketing tool. But, It can be both brutal and destructive. It may be used to malign your name. It can be used to gossip and tear apart your own character. Needless to say- all of us are just a single step away from character murder. A single careless tweet, an innocent exposing post or a naive”like” can lead to untold distress.
The risks of gossip and rumors.
Rumors and gossip are words and words can never be taken back. Even if you get an apology, the rumor-monger will not go undoing their mess. Sorry does not heal the mutilated reputation of the victim. It’s like putting a nail through a piece of wood – even if the nail is removed, the hole still remains. Gossip hurts. Sometimes it hurts more than a slap or a punch. Negative words spoken about you may dog you for the rest of your life. Worse still, if they are all over the social media – so be careful what you talk about.
Be careful what you repost on social networking.
Even though it can be a good opportunity for business growth and media, it can also be vicious and treacherous. You should not be the bearer of gossip or slander. You should never repost any maligning, hurtful or character assassinating information. Never repost any racist or blackmailing post. This is my take in regards to what to send and what to avoid; do to others what you would love them to do to you. Always keep this in mind – what goes around, comes around.
Things you shouldn’t post on social media.
Yes, you need to hook up with old friends and get to know new ones. Is that the reason you need to share all your details? Be warned! Social media is a live wire that leaves and burns physical, emotional and mental scars to show for it. No matter your intentions, never share your current location, photographs of your family members labeled using their full names, telephone numbers and home address. Avoid sharing intimate things because they might come back to haunt you. It has a method of getting what you share, twist it and use it against you. By the way, that’s the way social media is being used to assassinate a person’s character.
Be cautious and wise and you will be safe. It takes years to construct a character. But, social networking can overtake it in a twinkling of an eye. This is my advice to you; when sharing information on social media don’t do it with your heart just – carry your head along.