Did You Really Mean to Say That?

By Sue Voyles / December 12, 2017 /

Have you ever heard the saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all?” That was something I learned when I was growing up. And I think it’s still a good principle to keep in mind today.

Too often, people just don’t think before writing an email or text, or posting to social media. Taking a look at social media especially, it seems as if people think they can just post anything they want, but they don’t always think about the people receiving the message on the other end.

I’ve heard more than one person say that they’ve stopped looking at posts from certain people or organizations on social media because the tone and content of those posts gets them annoyed, angered, or just plain frustrated.

A little social etiquette could go a long way these days. How about adopting some of these practices?

  • Take some time to think about the other people who will read what you’re about to post.
  • Will your post add value to the conversation in a meaningful and respectful way?
  • Don’t post when you’re angry.
  • What about the tone of your post? Is it sarcastic, belittling, or rude?

A little more restraint on social media would probably do the world some good.

— Sue Voyles