A Little Less Sharing Online Might Be A Good Thing

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Most parents, I hope, work hard to teach their kids to share.

When they’re little, they have to learn to share their toys.

When they start driving, they have to learn to share the road.

And these days, it seems, we spend a lot of energy urging people of all ages to share their thoughts and feelings about…everything.

But this is not always a good idea.

Take the case of Bret Boone, a former major league baseball star who apparently has way too much time on his hands.

Yesterday, amid a tsunami of sexual harassment stories, Boone chose to send Twitter messages to a reporter for his local paper – a total stranger – ridiculing sexual harassment as “liberal (expletive).”

“I got sexually harassed twice today,” he wrote. “The Starbucks girl smiled at me and the woman at Rite Aid flirted with me. I’m gettin’ a lawyer. Unacceptable – LOL.”

Quite a display of ignorance by Mr. Boone, and he’s far from the only one exposing the yawning cavity between their ears by opening their mouths too wide.

The internet in general and Twitter in particular have proven to be irresistible magnets for this, prompting everyone from the President on down to step in it badly by blurting out thoughts they should have kept to themselves.

As a wise man once said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Perhaps a little less sharing would be the best thing that could happen to all of us.

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