[This post was originally published at The Underexplained website on 11.17.18]
‘Ain’t nobody got time for that.’
I’m using the above meme reference on purpose this time. Don’t worry, I’m not going to take the time to get on my soapbox here. Anybody who has ever listened to my podcast, read my articles, or has half a brain shares my stance on how we are living in the cursed era of MISINFORMATION.
Just know that there are many things we can do on our own to PUT A STOP TO IT!
For starters, you can STOP POSTING ABOUT MISSING PEOPLE WHO ARE NO LONGER MISSING! Seems simple enough, right? Then why the hell are my social media feeds full of outdated posts?!
It takes a single click – a simple thirty seconds of work – to verify if a post is correct or not. If a lazy asshole like myself can do it, you can too. That’s why I’m going to start calling people out on this shit!
I get it. We want to feel good about ourselves. In a time of ‘thoughts and prayers’ it’s easy to simply share a missing persons post and BOOM we’ve done our good deed for the day.
However, let’s take a look at the other side of our actions. Imagine that your child was was missing but now was found. Perhaps they ran away and you were one of the lucky ones that was able to be reunited. Now, days (weeks, months) later, you’re on Facebook and you come across a post with your child /loved one’s face. It’s probably going to bring back some bad juju. It’s going to trigger you.
Or even worse, what if your child had been found dead? Once again, here’s their smiling image and it takes you right back to that horrible moment in time – all because some ‘well -intending’ jackass wanted some post karma.
PLEASE, KEEP SHARING INFORMATION ON MISSING/ENDANGERED LOVE ONES!!!
See, I used three exclamation points so it must be important.
JUST MAKE SURE THE INFORMATION IS CURRENT AND CORRECT!!!
Google it. Check a few websites first. There are plenty of reputable sites out there with proper information. Personally, I use websleuths.com or the NAMUS database.
The missing need us to be their voices. They need our eyes to be opened – actively searching for them. The worst thing we can do is spread misinformation during their dark time of need.