Ask 3 questions before posting on social media

“Before posting anything on social media, ask yourself three questions: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Post only if the answer to all three is yes.” —How to Be Mindful With Facebook

The intentions behind our actions matter because those actions can have immediate and sometimes far-reaching unintended consequences for others.

Few of us have not regretted something we’ve emailed or posted in haste that was not true, kind, and/or necessary.

Consider displaying these three questions next to your computer or as a recurring reminder on your smart phone or other device. 

If doing so prevents just one unfortunate posting they will be well worth the effort.

And on that peaceful thought I would like to wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful 2017.

6 Responses to “Ask 3 questions before posting on social media”

  1. 1 Karen December 21, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for this powerful and timely reminder of being mindful of the impact of the words that we post on social media on others. I believe it is important for social media users to also specifically ask themselves: “Will it hurt anyone?” That is implicit in “Is it kind?” and “Is it necessary?” but I would encourage the explicit question: “Will it hurt anyone?” The word hurt may cause a social media contributor to pause and think a little more deeply about the possible impact / harm / damage of the message.

  2. 3 Nicolle Valiquette December 21, 2016 at 8:27 am

    And a third question I ask kids to think about “is it something you would like others to say about you?”

  3. 5 Kent Peterson December 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Great suggestions! I am going to share it on Twitter. Have a wonderful new year!

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