Check yourself before you wreck yourself

Partly because it’s election season but mostly because it’s true. I’d advise everyone using the internet to

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Yes, I am aware that wreck is spelled with the letter W, but here I’d like to give credit where credit is due.  The person that brought this phrase into the mainstream did so many years ago and he was right. Ice Cube was right.  

You can find proof for anything on the internet and to top that you can find memes for any “proof” whether or not it is true.  The internet is a wondrous and scary thing. I know this is true because at our house we have been reading parenting information like it’s no one’s business.  One person says that babies should learn the art of self soothing by letting them cry themselves to sleep and another will say that same practice will scar your child  leading to a possible life of crime.  Like in most contentious issues the truth is probably somewhere in between those two answers. In this case, what has helped us is considering the source of the information. Is it a blog written by Sheila? No offense Sheila, you may be a wonderful parent or even call yourself a parenting expert, but you don’t have any credentials (I’m not saying that you need credentials to be correct. Stick with me here).  Was the article posted by an author with credentials selling her self-proclaimed top rated sleep book for only $19.99? Again, I may be skeptical as she is probably just trying to promote her method, her book, and herself.  You go girl, but it still might not be for me! Was the article published by a professor of infant psychology? It may be more reliable unless the study was funded by Pampers and the whole article is about how Pampers help your child sleep the entire night. The point I’m trying to make here is that just because someone states something online doesn’t necessarily make it the truth. Be skeptical and spend some time fact checking.

Let’s take this a bit further, presumably you get to vote shortly and I’ve seen some ridiculous posts online Facebook people. Yes, you are entitled to an opinion, but pretty please “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” If you’re going to post an article, then I think you should do some fact checking rather than posting “Is this true?” and inserting controversial article from questionable source. It saves those people you presumably care about (those that you call friends) from calling you out and it helps you to save face.  Just because Joe Pundit says something does not make it true and just because it was on Fox News doesn’t make it false. You have access to the internet in the palm of your hand or maybe it’s far away like in your purse or pocket.  Use it to inform yourself.  In other words: Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

 

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