Social media is a great way to keep up with your friends, discuss ideas, and share moments from your life with the people you care about. It can be a great tool to use, but sometimes it’s not a good idea to be posting. Before you post, consider if right now is the best time to be posting or if you should hold off. Here are a few examples of when you should not be posting on social media:
1: You’re Drunk
This one is pretty obvious. If you’re drunk or high it’s generally not a good idea to be posting. You may think it’s a good idea in the moment but then wake up the next morning to regret posting. It’s more likely that while you’re under the influence you’d be posting to your story rather than your regular pages, but a lot of people can still see what you’ve posted in the 24 hours before your story disappears if you don’t realize and delete last night’s shenanigans from your account. Posting while under the influence can make you appear irresponsible, reckless, and unprofessional. Consider who would be seeing your posts or stories and when the alcohol comes out put your phone away.
2: You’re Angry
Everything you do online influences your personal brand and how others perceive you. Posting while angry can lead to coming across as an aggressive, rude person. If a potential employer sees you getting into a heated fight on twitter where you’re calling someone derogatory names, it doesn’t exactly scream “hire me”. Additionally, anger is a very influential emotion and by posting when angry you’d be spreading negativity around. It’s normal that in life we go through different emotions and can feel things deeply at times. I think a good strategy in this situation is to write out what you want to post, but save it in your drafts. Don’t give in and post things you may regret later. Take a step back and when you’ve calmed down revisit your draft. Consider the repercussions of it and decide if you still want to post it, or trash it.
3: You’re on Vacation
This one often confuses people. I’m not saying you shouldn’t post your vacation pictures, but wait until you’re back home to post about it. This is because sometimes when people post about being somewhere far away on vacation, their home becomes a target for burglars as they know the house is empty. You may be thinking the chances of this are slim and it would never happen to you, but it may be more common than you think. A study found that 78% of burglars use social media to find their next target. It’s totally fine for you to enjoy your vacations and take pictures for social media if that’s how you want to spend your time. Save your photos and post with piece of mind when you return home.
Whenever posting anything online, it’s important to think about if you need to be posting it and if you should be posting right now. These are just a few examples of when not to post, but in the end the decision is yours. It’s up to you to determine when to post and when not to post.
Do you have other examples of when not to post? Have you posted something in the moment and regretted it later? Let me know your take in the comments.
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