Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Dependence On Social Media

Things have changed, and most of the changes are good--but not all of them. We used to depend on newspapers and radio or TV for our news. Now it also comes from computers and smart phones.

I'm not going to opine about what we read in the newspapers or its slant. The same goes for the commentators (they're not really news anchors in most cases) on radio or TV. But there's no doubt that social media posts have become a major source of news for us. This, of course, has its good and bad points. It's great that anyone with access to a computer can put their opinion out there. It's bad that some of us take these postings as the truth.

A couple of days ago, when I went to my computer I found a number of Facebook messages waiting for me, messages that said my account had been "cloned," and people were getting requests to friend me. I was ready to accept these messages at face value (especially since I got so many of them), but a little digging showed me that this was a scam. No one was cloning accounts. No one wanted to get info from my friends. There was no reason for me to copy and send the message to everyone I knew. But for a few moments I let social media dictate my life.

Remember. As Abraham Lincoln said, "Just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's true."


Priscilla Bettis said...

Heehee, "As Abe Lincoln said."

Patricia Bradley said...

LOL! Love Abe's statement.

You wouldn't believe the memes I've gotten that say so-and-so said such-and-such (I'm not going to repeat the false information, but I'm sure you've gotten the same memes). If the person reading happens to agree with the information, he or she will often blast it to their friends without checking it out. I just wish people would check for accuracy before they do that. We have enough anger in the world without spreading false accusations.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla--Thanks for your comment.

Patricia--True dat (as they say). It would be nice if people would check for accuracy before forwarding the material.