Today’s blog post may ruffle some feathers; however, we’re going to dive into the importance of researching before reacting. Previously, I wrote a blog post titled “Quick to React” which goes along with this idea.
When I say research, I am referring to real credible sources as well as historical events and accurate testimonials. I am not referring to social media infographics from or your favorite celebrities take on a situation. Before sharing someone else’s thoughts, photos, or content, it’s a good idea to look it up first. I do not trust the mainstream media, I have not for years now… this does not change simply because a new event occurs.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.MARK TWAIN
Over the past few years, I have been especially cautious when it comes to sharing information. I take time to really try to understand what’s happening before I share about it and certainly before I share my views about it. There are likeminded individuals who I tend to have similar views to and there are people who think entirely differently than I do. Regardless, I formulate my own opinion first… If it aligns, great. If not, also great! That’s the beauty of thinking for yourself.
When people in an online social circle have the same reaction, it seems to generate these quick emotions and group think. People are quick to be unhappy with you, and most likely voice this opinion: If you do not respond quickly, if you respond with an opinion different than the common response, or if you do not respond at all. Responses are expected immediately… and not just any response. The accepted response, the common response.“Quick to React” Becsea.com
If you’re looking for an account that immediately blasts viewpoints, reshares posts and stories, virtue signals, and reposts trending topics… that’s not this page or my social media. (Though it would definitely have boosted my following.)
What we are seeing right now are the effects of social media, current events, and manufactured emotions. Every single time something breaks online, on the news, in person, people immediately jump to share about it. We see a constant regurgitation of others ideas, opinions, and views. I am not denying current events; however, I am acknowledging that everything we see and hear needs to be questioned.
Think for yourself. Research before you react.
Ps. You also do not owe anyone a reaction at all. You do not need to share what you are thinking.
Definitely concurring with what you wrote here! If I may put in my two cents, your postscript reminded me of that Instagram trend that called for resharing an image if a certain user is against rape or child abuse. It actually came with an implicit threat that anyone who viewed the story and did not report can be seen.
Of course, anybody who gets easily unnerved will simply share the image for fear of being ostracized.
(And yeah, TikTok. A lot of articles have outlined the dangers of that app, yet nobody seems to be aware of the risks.)