When we were kids we played a game in the classroom to learn about how rumors started. We would sit in a circle and the first person would start by whispering something in the ear of the person next to them. That person would then whisper the same thing to the person next to them. It continued until it got back to the beginning. Without fail, by the end of the game the initial message had totally changed.
It’s just human nature that we all don’t hear exactly the same thing.
With social media, this can become more of an issue because we have a tendency to believe what we hear, especially from friends.
What if it isn’t true though?
Isn’t it harmless to pass it on, just in case?
Not only is it a waste of time, in some cases it can do real damage to a business.
It doesn’t matter if it is a rumor, a hoax, or even just an urban legend. If we’re not sure if it is true or not, we should find out before we share it with others.
We’ve all done it at one point or another, so it happens to us all but maybe it is time to take more caution.
It only take a moment to check out a story before you share it with others – just copy and paste a part of the text into Google and add “hoax” to the search.
As always, just my 2 cents and I probably owe ya some change…
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com