Ok, I have to admit my bullshit meter is more sensitive than most. In the news, in print, from real life and especially on FaceBook, whenever I hear that ding go off in my brain, I go do my research and investigate whether a story is true or not. I’m just wired that way.
But it seems to me that I am not like most people, especially my husband. He’s a jumper. And what I mean by that is, he is constantly jumping on stories/posts and accepting them as fact just because it was shared on FaceBook. It drives me crazy! But he is not alone.
I can not tell you how many times I have seen re-shares of posts going viral of blatant outright lies/misrepresentations/fabrications. People hit that share button without a second thought. They comment, spread and perpetuate FaceBook gossip everyday. Why? To be the first to share a story? Because they want to believe? Because they like sensationalism?
Honestly, I don’t get it. I used to go and comment to correct the misconceptions but I have found that nobody was really interested in the truth. So now I just leave it.
And the funny thing is, is that all of this is done by adults. I see posts everyday of people holding signs saying “Please share and show my daughter how fast things go viral”. Meanwhile, on a different level, they are doing the exact same thing. Maybe because the information is not about someone they know personally so they don’t take it as gossip. But it is.
Here are a few posts that happen quite regularly:
Announcing A Death-The celebrity’s agent has to come out with a statement saying that they are in fact alive. I had a different flip on this one this week. Someone posted Rue McClanahan had died. True, she died in 2010 dude.
News Event-Charles Manson to be released. Yeah right.
Misquotes-I have not read 50 Shades of Grey but I have come across many quotes that were supposedly taken from the book. They were so awful that I had to check them out myself. Upon further research, I found out out the quotes were made up.
False Information-Check UPC codes to know where a product originated. This one especially I love because not only do people spread it on FaceBook, they have people shopping differently too!
It’s the internet people! Anyone can post anything about anything.
Check it out before you share!