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Censor Yourself

Censor Yourself

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Bulletin-47_1600Facebook is the number one method of social networking in the world, with Twitter close behind. Even though we enjoy the luxury of staying connected with everyone and everything, how do we determine if the information we post is too much?

There is an increasingly great amount of personal comments and posts on the site that are crude, vile and unacceptable for public viewing.  What most people don’t seem to realize is that the age requirement for site membership is 13. Do you really want your child to find out how much Mommy really hates Daddy?  Or how that once best friend whom you now refer to as a b**** stole your boyfriend away?  I think not!

A great deal of these nasty remarks and comments are things that most people would not dare say to another in person, teaching younger people to deal with their problems indirectly by being uncivil and disrespectful.

Facebook, since its inception has caused a great many problems for employees at all levels in our society, many losing their life’s work or dream job over a post that took 15 seconds to write. Censor yourself and practice professionalism in all that you do.

This isn’t an attack on the individual’s right to free speech, but it does prove to be important to keep a clean Facebook page, free of material that could be used to damage a successful reputation.  Facebook may keep us connected, but it can also be used to divide. What you post about one may be construed to define all who see your status and believe me when I say it is harder for a thousand people to forgive than one.

As a college student, one should be able to disagree and give an opinion without using slander to make a point. Besides, how are you achieving any kind of resolution by complaining? Approach the source of the problem directly and fix it.  Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public – you might just add to your list of problems, and in the process, tarnish your reputation.

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