Are you talk­ing to me?

The Pilot - - EDITORIAL - Christy Janes christy.janes@pi­lotnl.ca

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,”

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