My Ten Commandments for Social Media Use


The other day I did what I hate doing on social media: I experienced one of those knee-jerk, angry reactions to what someone posted and I kind of lashed out in the comments. That did nothing good for my state of mind.

I don’t use Facebook often and when I do I mostly lurk. But occasionally I share one of these blog posts on my Facebook page because I think there might be one or two people who might want to read what I wrote. When I do share a post, I end up spending more time on the site.

So I’ve decided to create a personal ten commandments in order to guide my social media behavior. Here they are:

  1. Thou shalt post only what thou is willing the entire world to read.
  2. Thou shalt resist the temptation to immediately and impulsively refute someone’s words when thou disagrees with what they say.
  3. Thou shalt hurl no personal insults.
  4. Thou shalt not brag about thou offspring even though thou deeply loves and is exceptionally proud of them.
  5. Thou shalt not be guilted or goaded into reposting or sharing someone’s post about others who are trying to raise money, awareness, or empathy.
  6. Thou shalt not participate in divisive political discussions.
  7. Thou shalt not use a snarky or dismissive tone.
  8. Thou shalt not complain.
  9. Thou shalt follow the Golden Rule.
  10. Thou shalt not use social media much if thou sticks to these rules, because with so many rules to follow, what’s left to post?  
By David Klein

David Klein

Published novelist, creative writer, journalist, avid reader, discriminating screen watcher.


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