Four things you should never share on social media

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“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”, my mother used to say. If only we applied that advice to the things we say on social media.

According to research from We Are Social and Hootsuite, South Africans on average spend more than eight hours a day online. We share everything from our breakfast and lunch to our gym sessions on social media.

With the recent increase in data breaches and cyber attacks, many netizens are careful when it comes to sharing information on social media. Apart from having your information social, social media posts could also cause embarrassment later on in life.

Here are a few things you should never share on social media.

Personal details

This one is fairly obvious. There are scammers and phishers everywhere, out to steal your information. From account hijacking to banking fraud, there really is no reason to share your personal information online.

This could include your address, ID number, contact details, and even your birth date and photos. And definitely not your banking details, credit card details or crypto wallet details, or even the answers to security questions.

As in real life, it’s unwise to flaunt your wealth – or the illusion of wealth – online. If anyone gets hold of your digital banking identities could potentially ruin you.

Information about your place of work

Whether we’re moaning or bragging, social media is not the place for it. You could accidentally disclose sensitive information. If you’ve signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) you could even be in breach of contract.

Not only could you risk losing your current job but also damage your online reputation or future opportunities when applying for other positions.

According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, approximately 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. In addition, about 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.

Embarrassing encounters and squabbles

From jokes that really aren’t that funny to photos of your friend’s drunken adventures to fights with your significant others or disagreements with your co-workings – these are all things best kept off the big bad interwebs.

Before you post that joke or share that photo, spare a thought about the person your placing in the spotlight, and they would feel if they were to see that post or update.

A wise person once said that the sign of a good relationship is no sign of it on social media, and those words have stuck with me ever since. Your relationship – whether with your friends, spouse, or co-workers – is not a community project.

Defamatory comments

Posting something that could harm another person’s reputation, especially if you don’t have evidence that it’s true, could come back and bite you. Apart from being sued for defamation, why go out to harm someone’s good name in the first place?

Hateful comments, racial abuse, cyber-bullying have become the order of the day, especially on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It’s important to remember that while social media gives you the freedom to express yourself, doesn’t mean you should have an opinion on every subject out there.

Most importantly, be mindful of your conversations and be open-minded about topics you and viewpoints you disagree with. Remember the wise words of Jeffrey R. Anderson:

“We often think that there is just one way to look at things – the way we always have. In fact, there are an infinite number of ways to look at most everything. An open mind allows for a multitude of perspectives from which to choose in any given moment. That suppleness of mind allows for true choice, and opens us to a whole new realm of possibility.”

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