Thinking Before You Speak or Click
Almost everyone has been guilty at one time or other of speaking something out loud and then regretting it. ( you know, foot in mouth)Once spoken words cannot be taken back plus words are powerful and can have devastating effects.
Today, thinking before you speak is extremely important, especially when it comes to using social media online. It is so easy to log into your Facebook or Twitter account and vent your feelings and frustrations or just reply to a post that pi**ed?you off.
Once you hit that post or Tweet button your words are out there, on the internet, for everyone to see. While everyone is free to voice their opinions if you are blasting a person for a controversial post you need to be careful. Your words could come back to haunt you!
This has happened to many people and they immediately regret what they posted. If you read something online that makes you very angry, think about the different ways your reply could affect people. This might be family or friends or what if your employer read the message? Could it get you in serious trouble at work?
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Thinking before you speak is actually considered a trait that a person with a winning mindset displays. Every action has a consequence and you should never forget that.
Many times it is often better to let a stressful situation pass without you responding in the open. That is a toughie for me, being a loud-mouthed Italian but I am working on it. You can still rant and rave in the privacy of your own home, or to your spouse. But it is not always best to rant out in the open.
Of course, there are times when the power of your words will be a great thing! If you have a solid reputation voicing your opinion could help. This applies to helping raise money for a cause or charity or just providing more exposure for a particular topic.
Always keep in mind that your words will reflect both your personality and your intelligence. Get into the habit of choosing your words carefully and when responding to something online think about your actions first. If you can help improve or defend a situation then replying may be worth it.
For the ultimate decision decide that if a family member sees your reply will they be ashamed, embarrassed or upset by it?
Have you had one of those foot- in- mouth incidents online and how did you recover from it? Comment below.