8 Ways People Use Social Media the Wrong Way


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#1: Ranting about relationships (romantic or otherwise)


People rant online because they want a release, not a resolution.


So when it comes to those you truly care about, always take the issue offline. Otherwise, you run the risk of alienating—or worse, hurting—your significant other, family, teammate or colleague.


#2: Sharing personal information


Sharing details about your fantastic first day at work is okay. Taking a selfie with your first paycheck isn’t. This is a lesson some had to learn the hard way in 2014 when they wound up with their bank details stolen.


The same rule applies for boarding passes, email thread screenshots and other personal documents.


#3: Living for arguments in the comment sections


The comment section is where you’ll find well-meaning netizens, trolls and intellectuals, the bored, the frustrated, the righteous and the really messed up. Now, imagine all these characters trying to get on the same page. We say imagine because it hardly ever happens.


Of course everyone is welcome to participate in a discussion, but people here hardly ever keep it clean. They hardly ever bow out, too. It pays to remember: “real battles are won offline.”


#4: Shaming complete strangers


People who do so make up another reason to avoid comment sections.


Preaching to a complete stranger about the following is a no-no: how they should dress, who they should date, how they should raise their children, how they put on weight and need to lose it. Nobody wants advice they didn’t ask for from a complete stranger anyway.


#5: Making everything about “me, me...


Those who know how to work social media to their advantage use their channels to book projects, grow their following and get on the radar of prospective clients (gaining fame is a nice little bonus for some) But where do we draw the line between self-promotion and self-absorption?


If you’re looking to keep your posts in check, you can try the 5-3-2 ratio by TA McCann: 5 of your posts should be content from others, 3 should be content from yourself, 2 should be personal status updates.


#6: Consistently tagging locations


You might want to rethink posting that Facebook check-in at NAIA. Your caption may read: “Yaaaas so excited to head to Cebu with the fam. It’s gonna be the best 5 days ever!” but it can easily translate to: "No one in my family will be in Manila! That's an empty house for five days!"


Tagging your location is a harmless way of documenting the places you’ve been to, but it could backfire especially when done in real-time and shared publicly. Play it safe. You never want to tip off anyone.


#7: Sharing an image or video without crediting the owner


Typing "ctto" (credits to the owner) doesn’t count if you don't actually name or tag anyone, no?


While every tweet, post and snap is available for public consumption once you hit send, crediting sources still matters. Ask a photographer, designer or anyone in the creative field.


#8: Going on social media instead of being present


Remember in-person conversations? Those are still cool.