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A PSA about Internet naiveté:

I am stunned daily by the amount of ridiculous stunts pulled by Netizens, but I am even more stunned by the people reposting them. For instance, have you seen the post about how we should have had flying skateboards by now, because of “Back to the Future II”? It shows the dates from the DeLorean, and will show the date that you happen to be viewing. Funny how these keep popping up with new dates — ridiculous dates, even. “Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly. Think!”

Am I the only one who instantly notices that it says July and not October?

I finally snapped the other day when I saw this:

Jane Fonda - Traitor

Jane Fonda – Traitor Post from Facebook = FALSE

I was intrigued and thought to myself, “This person is legit. I doubt they would have posted it without checking.” Regardless, I went to Snopes. Without much effort, this rumor was debunked. Took me about 30 seconds.

More common are the rumors that those of us who work online see and immediately find ourselves in troll mode, ready to debunk and perhaps post a facepalm in response — specifically that Facebook will charge for service if you don’t repost the announcement.

PEOPLE! We have been living in the information age for a while now. It is beyond upsetting to see these posts still running rampant. This is a Public Service Announcement. DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

This commercial from State Farm pretty much sums up this thought:

“You can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.”

“Where did you hear that?”

“The Internet.”

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This is a call to action. Join the fight for self education. Teach and remind your friends, family and kids to question everything. When did this fundamental human trait become dormant?

So, get familiar with Google & Snopes, and let them do the research for you. All you have to do is go look it up — the information is already there.