Real people read what you post on the internet. Even more, really important people have the chance to read your posts. There’s just something about not having to say things to someone else’s face that takes away some of our inhibitions. For some reason we don’t think things through as much if we’re going to post them on the internet. This is something that can get us into a lot of trouble.
Would you want your future employers to read your diary? Would you want the words that you have written to affect your likelihood of getting into college? If you don’t think before you post things on the internet, this is what can easily happen. No matter how private it feels, the internet is a very public place. Everything that you say has the potential to be displayed to the masses.
As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. They can put unsavory words in your mouth if they’re distasteful. These types of pictures have the chance to hurt you and hold you back when it really counts.
Here are a few things for you to keep in mind when it comes to using social media:
- Think about what you’re going to post before you post it. Don’t let a flood of emotions lead you into posting something that can harm you in the future.
- If you post something that you regret, don’t be afraid to delete it and then post an apology.
- Remember, not every picture that’s been taken needs to be posted on the internet. Share them offline and ask to be untagged in any photo that you think could harm you, or even better, ask for it to be removed.
- Buy a diary or journal. This can is a place where you can privately and freely express your innermost thoughts and feelings.
- Be mindful of your audience. Take some time to think about who you are connected to on the internet. Would you stand in front of this group of people in person and say what you’re posting? If not then just don’t post it.
It’s up to you to make sure that you correctly portray yourself on the internet. Take the necessary steps to make sure that your social media presence will not put your bright future in jeopardy. If you doubt that something that you post will be taken the right way, then refrain from posting it. There are plenty of other more private ways to share your thoughts with others. Always remember to think before you type.