Social media has become an integral part of our modern day life. Millions of people visit sites such as Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to post updates, interact with others, as well as catch up with the latest news. As a result, social media has become an invaluable tool for connecting people and sharing information. However, to avoid negative consequences, social media should be used in a responsible manner.
Here are some of the things you should not do on social media:
1. Rant about your relationship problems
When you have a quarrel or fight with a loved one, don’t unleash a tirade on social media. Telling the whole world about it might not do much to help your relationship. First, most people are not really interested in knowing about what is going on in your personal life. In addition, your story might just end up being the topic of gossip in social media or blogs, with the details being changed to make the story spicy. Therefore, instead of ranting on social media, share your problems with trusted friends and family.
2. Be too specific about your location
Most social media users have a habit of mentioning their location when sharing posts. However, to enhance your safety, it would be advisable to avoid revealing your exact location at the time of posting. Giving away such information freely might only make you an easy target for predators. You should especially avoid getting too specific when you are in a remote location, when you are by yourself, or when you have left no one at home.
3. Post photos of your exposed body
Nowadays, many people don’t have any qualms about sharing photos of their exposed bodies on social media. However, while this might get you more ‘likes’, retweets and followers, it will cause you to lose respect in the eyes of many. If such photos go viral, it could have a very detrimental effect on your future career or business ambitions.
4. Complain about your boss, job or colleagues
When you are employed, the worst mistake you can make is to share negative feedback about your boss, job or colleagues on social media. Even seemingly innocent posts like ‘bored at work’ or ‘can’t wait for Friday’ can have a negative effect on your personal brand. If your current or future employer comes across such rants, they might not take it lightly.
5. Contribute to controversial conversations
Though you have a right to share your opinion, it would be advisable to stay away from news or topics which are too sensitive. Some of the controversial topics you need to steer clear of include politics, race or religion. Since sharing your opinions on such topics might only end up offending others, keep your thoughts to yourself.
6. Post photos of yourself partying
Once in a while, it is okay to share decent photos of a night out with friends. However, don’t make the mistake of sharing photos of yourself drinking alcohol, taking drugs and generally being wild. Besides embarrassing yourself, you might also embarrass your family members. In addition, such photos might come to the attention of your employer and even law enforcement officers.
7. Flaunt your wealth
When you buy a new car, furniture, jewelry, or laptop, don’t tell everyone about it on social media. Worse still, don’t post photos of your newly acquired possessions. You might just be inviting burglars, thieves and robbers to pay you a visit. Exercising discretion on social media will not only protect your property, but also your life and those of your loved ones.
What other social media habits do you think should be avoided? Share with us in the comments section below.
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