Have you noticed how it’s become second nature for many of us to check Instagram or Facebook several times a day? Even Pope Francis makes sure to update his Twitter account, and has said that the internet is “a gift from God.” How do we take care of this blessing? Here are four tips on how to stay well-behaved online!
Share your best moments… mindfully!
There is nothing wrong with wanting to share amazing moments such as a great vacation, an engagement, or a new purchase. But be honest about your intentions. Before clicking the “share” button, ask yourself if what you’re posting is meant to inspire happiness in others, or if there’s just a wee bit of smugness in your heart. Be aware that it’s not just what you say, but how you phrase it. If it will arouse jealousy and envy, then it’s best to keep it to yourself.
Keep your personal life personal.
While Facebook helps us connect to friends and family, posting about private arguments or behind-closed-doors details about your marital life are things that your “friends” don’t need to be privy to. The same goes with publicly calling out someone through your status updates. Instead of making parinig—an act that is not only rude but also inelegant—message them privately or better yet, discuss your issues personally and not from behind your screens.
Think before you post.
Even if your intentions are pure, it’s best to carefully read and understand any information or articles you come across before sharing. Is it a satirical article that your friends might take seriously? Or is an article fake news that is set to malign someone? Be smart and do your homework to avoid spreading the not-so-good news.
Spark real conversation.
While social media is an effective tool for change, it can only get you so far. If you wish to see transformation in the world, get off your devices and actively create change in real life. Instead of just typing rants about your neighborhood’s trash situation, mobilize a fundraising event or a cleanup drive to improve its streets and esteros. As Lolo Kiko said, “The time we live in do not call for young ‘couch potatoes’ but for young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.”