Are you talking to me?
The last couple of weeks I’ve written about Internet shorthand and privacy which triggered a phrase in my memory that no doubt sums up social media in a few words — “If it doesn’t apply, let it fly.”
Most of us that have a Facebook account have read through the endless chatter on social media.
I saw this wonderful advice on a group in which I’m a member and I’ve never personally met the person who posted this, but I am safe to say she is one of the smartest people around. Let me explain. Don’t act confused. We’ve all seen a post that only applied to one or two people, but others have decided to put in their two cents worth and suddenly there are multiple threads and hun- dreds of angry messages.
I remember seeing an ad for an electronic scoreboard for darts that ended up being deleted it got so out of hand.
Here’s where the saying, “If it doesn’t apply, let it fly,” comes in handy. Say you’re scrolling through Facebook and see something that doesn’t affect you or you know nothing about what should you do? Let it fly. Everything on social media isn’t about one person. If one of my 100 plus friends posts about a backstabbing friend, it doesn’t mean it’s me.
In my opinion, this rule should also apply to everyday life not just in an online world. Think how much happier we would all be if we just let the things that don’t really have anything to do with our personal well-being fly past us.
Next time you’re tempted to type remember this saying and decide if it really applies to you.
“If it doesn’t apply, let it fly,”