I am busy trying to finish up my latest book, Keep It Shut, which is due the end of May. This project is all about how we use our words. What to say, how to say it, and when to say nothing at all. It is about the words we speak to our family members, friends, complete strangers, and even what we say online.
I’m amazed sometimes at what I see people post on Facebook or Twitter. Sometimes I am shocked by their words. Or their tone. I see people say things I’m sure they would never say in person but somehow they feel empowered behind the computer screen. And I’ve been tempted to do this too. I’ve even had to go back and delete a comment because I knew I shouldn’t say it and I had to be honest that I wouldn’t ever say it to the person’s face.
Our digital tongues matter. That is where I am living this week as I pound out my latest chapter on how we use our words online.
Do you have any thoughts on this? Have you been tempted to say something on Facebook that you probably wouldn’t say to that person if they were standing in front of you? Have you noticed this happen as you view what others say online? Why do you think social media can bring out the snarkiness and even the meanness in people?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.