The importance of paying attention in social media

I saw a tweet yesterday from someone using Newsle to get headline news about people they know. Their tweet congratulated a woman on her “article.” The article? A video tribute to her. She died this past weekend.

Are we getting so careless that we don’t even bother to read what we share in social media anymore? That we’d actually share an obit and mistakenly congratulate the person who died on being mentioned in the news? I’m sickened by this and yet again reminded the importance of paying attention. In social media. In life.

Are you guilty of the quick retweet, repin, and share without checking what you’re passing along?

How can we change our social media (bad) habits and be more mindful of what we share?


  1. Kay

    Lost count of how many times I’ve re-read this since it was posted! Then went out without paying attention to an appointment ย time, answered an email to the wrong event–re-reading post once more. Today= Pay Attention, Be Mindful. Thanks for reminding us!

  2. EstherK

    Really outstanding point – even when someone asks me to “plz RT,” I generally click through to see if it’s a message or a product that I’m comfortable promoting. The example you gave is an “oy vey.” But for sure there are less extreme cases that also could have benefited from a “read” before a retweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ You also may be interested in this “Pause Before You Post” video from a spiritual community in L.A. called IKAR – it takes a bit of a different approach to why pausing is important, but the sentiment still resonates. ๐Ÿ™‚

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