The entire world and their mother see what you post on Facebook. With that being said, why would you post something before thinking about it? Posting on Facebook is expected – it’s a social network. But posting things without having a clue as to what you are posting is another animal entirely.
There’s a little thing called netiquette which is the concept of etiquette on the internet. Have you heard of it?
Netiquette covers many things including how to talk to others in the online world, through social media, emails, text messages, etc. Facebook is an online social media networking site – key words being “social” and “networking”.
When you post things, many people will see them. Why not post things that will invite conversation instead of alienating others. Worse yet, if you are posting something offensive and are clueless as to why it’s offensive, then you are in danger of causing a major stir in the social media world – a stir in which you will be helpless because you may have shared something without knowing the true message behind it.
Just today when surfing my Facebook feed, I saw a few things from people I “socialize” with that made me do a double-take. Does the fact that you are on the internet make it ok to post things that are hurtful or negligent of others’ feelings? Ignorance is no excuse.
The disinhibition effect, yet another concept unique to online interactions may explain why you don’t think before you click.
The disinhibition concept involves the idea that we tend to get more comfortable on the internet because we think we are ‘invisible’. What does that mean? We are safe to post whatever we want, wherever we want, without thinking about it for a second.
How do you approach posting something on your Facebook profile? Is your timeline something others don’t mind visiting? Or are you one of those Facebook members that purposely tries to offend others by posting “jokes” that are aimed at insulting, belittling or otherwise hurting others?
What’s your approach to posting things on Facebook? Do you think before you click? Or, are you in the “I’ll post whatever I want whenever I want!” mindset? How’s that working out for you?