Ounce of Prevention
There have always been subtle and sometimes not so subtle reminders to keep us “in check”. Who hasn’t heard the old axioms, “don’t say or do anything you wouldn’t want your mother to read, “loose lips sink ships, “do you kiss your mother with that mouth”, and one of my grandmother’s favorites, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. The intent of these sayings should be taken even more seriously in this day of instant messaging, Facebook, and social media in general. Sadly, it seems that many people either haven’t heard any of these or choose not to heed their warning, hence the numerous people who have found themselves facing dismissal from their jobs, in legal hot water, or shunned by friends or family because of what they have tweeted or posted on Facebook. It has gotten so bad in this concern that a new app called Facewash, which should say it all, has been created to hopefully save people from themselves. This app will check comments, photos, and links you have “liked” and flag them as perhaps unacceptable. Here’s a novel idea, how about exercising some common sense before you tweet, text, or post? A good ol’ Ben was fond of saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.