There isn’t much that Facebook that annoys me more than the passed-around, rarely investigated forwarded stories and newsy-wannabe-items.
You know, the ones where Obama is declaring November Muslim Appreciation month?
The one about the father of a Columbine shooting victim going before congress?
Or how about the one where Bill Gates wants to share his wealth with you?
They’re all false.
And if people would take about 30 seconds to investigate…..after all, we are all sitting at a computer aren’t we….then you’d quickly and easily be able to discover that whatever your aunt, or friend, or neighbour, or long lost love just posted is just a false rumor, a tall tale, an urban legend.
This has been happening for years via email and most of us got smart with that and stopped the fiasco but even some of those lame stories are making an appearance on Facebook again.
Like the one about “women need to be careful at gas stations” …. because the boogie man might jump out and get you! PUH-LEASEEEEE!
There are so many, I can’t even begin to touch the tip of this massive lying iceberg. So here’s a couple links:
1. There is an actual Facebook page you can LIKE to get up to date info on recent posted Urban Legends and other crap. Click here.
2. And here’s the actual Urban Legends website for TONS of links to all kinds of stories that are false. Click here.
3. Snopes is sort of the go-to mother-of-all falsehoods website. Very thorough and helpful. Click here.
I admit, I have been duped a few times. As of late, I just don’t even click on most of the stories that people post if there’s even a hint of sensationalism or too-good-to-be-true-itis.
People are gullible and I guess that’s why they keep getting passed around. Don’t be gullible. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet and stop forwarding stuff that you haven’t taken the time to investigate. I’m going to be harsh here, but it makes you look dumb. I see the same people posting the same types of stories all the time and after a while it does reflect on your reputation. Sorry to say.
If you’re not sure, don’t post it. If you haven’t heard it on the news and it would be a “news-worthy” item , that might be your first clue: DON’T POST IT!
And we’ll all live happily ever after……