Never Believe a Facebook Meme

@Rollo1 (16685)
Boston, Massachusetts
August 12, 2015 9:44pm CST
I have learned over the years to never take a Facebook posting at its "Face" value. So many of them are full of inaccurate information and wild theories. But even the ones that seem innocuous can mislead you utterly. Lately, I have been seeing a lot of "there are only (fill in the blank) weeks until Christmas". Sometimes the count is in days. I immediate think "oh no, the year is flying by". Then I stop to think for a moment and realize that these countdowns are crazy wrong. Then there are the "missing child" or "have you seen this person?" posts from four or five years ago and quite often, the missing person was found a long time ago. I usually Google to find out if this is a new or old posting. I will gladly share if that child is still missing, but often I find out that the missing child turned up and all is well. The problem of course is that "share" feature on Facebook that people use without thinking. And because of that, misinformation goes viral and people get all caught up in wild stories that aren't even true. People even fight over the crazy stories in the comments. Then there are the RIP posts for people who haven't died - like Jackie Chan. And the announcements that a famous person has died and you get all sad, only to remember that this person died a few years ago. I can't tell you how many times Rue McClanahan has died on my Facebook feed. It was sad enough the first time. Sob. But I think the Christmas one is possibly the most evil of all. It's hard enough to plan for Christmas shopping and time flies fast enough as it is. I don't need to get a shock like being warned Christmas is right around the corner. Do you get caught out believing Facebook posts that have no basis in reality?
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• Bucharest, Romania
13 Aug 15
Those trolls though
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Aug 15
No, I don't have trolls on my Facebook. These are just people who don't think before they share, and sometimes they share from trolls, lol.
• Bucharest, Romania
13 Aug 15
@Rollo1 How can you be so sure that none of your facebook friends are trolls?
• Philippines
13 Aug 15
I think we have to be careful now on what we read in facebook, some people just treat it now a days like a wikipedia, which is not right. Full of deception I might add, specially if your not the one who likes to research and investigate more, or if your just using facebook coming from the free wifi service. Gone are the days were people could just go to the library and find it out themselves. have a nice day
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Aug 15
They all have the internet, I know that because they are on Facebook. If only they'd use it to research things.
• United States
17 Aug 15
I try to make sure the source is reliable, though there have been times I missed it. But then I will remove it when I either realize it was false or if someone else points it out.