This one keeps popping up on my feed, and I so want to contribute…
I have several opinions, both controversial and unpopular. The biggest one is also the simplest (and only one I will share online):
Every little thing does NOT warrant a shared opinion on Social Media.
Damn… I mean… with all the technology available to reach around the Earth in the blink of an eye, one would think that ideas and experiences would be more valuable than the incessant banshee wail of outrage and indignation that has become the “opinions” of the biased poles on any given issue.
Before I get too far along, let me bring up the definition of opinion – just so we are all on the same sheet and prevent surreal excursions into semantics over different opinions of the definition of the word…
See? I like that: “not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”
The problem is that, too often, opinions are treated as facts and absolutes within the progressively heated debates on just about anything – from the asinine to the profound.
What does get treated as fact is when the outrageous and idiotic posts from long ago, on an extremely controversial topic or event, surface ever-so-inconveniently during investigations, trials, or background searches. It makes me chuckle and cringe at the same time when I think about what the current teenagers will have to contend with in a decade or so when they will be forced to acknowledge and discuss long-forgotten Tweets, Instagram posts, or Facebook flame wars.
Don’t believe me or remember some recent examples? No worries, there are someand
Even yours truly is presently curating my own digital footprints and mulling over the… propriety… of some of my own blog posts.
Back to the aggressive and wanton sharing of opinions, however.
Not every little event requires a long and possibly legally-binding statement. It sucks, I know: if I had a sheet of paper for every post composed, considered, and ultimately deleted, I would be solely responsible for the pointless deaths of a small and tranquil copse of trees. Friendships would be irrevocably damaged, family estranged, and damage control efforts would relegate a careless statement to either a bloody blunt-object evidence exhibit or the beginning of a long and pathetic trail of justifications and arguments.
However, this is just, like, my… opinion, man.