(Disclaimer: This post, as well as my entire blog, is opinion. Proceed with caution.)
My Facebook newsfeed is constantly filled with links to countless articles. You know the ones I’m talking about. Where in ___ (fill in the blank), easy to read bullet points, you can successfully navigate through any relationship, problem, or life in general.
“5 Ways To Know He’s The One”
“10 Reasons Why You Should Move To Canada”
“7 Reasons Why Eating Cheese Will Prolong Your Life & Promote Hair Growth” (& seriously, wouldn’t that be cool if it did? #longhairdontcare)
I can’t fault people for writing and posting these articles. Sure, some of them are super annoying, but some of them are actually pretty fun to read. And if you think about it from the author’s point of view, these types of articles are guaranteed to get a large number of ‘hits’ just by the title alone. So no, I don’t find fault with the articles themselves. I do, however, find fault with us taking these opinion articles and viewing them as indisputable facts. Grab a pen & paper, it’s vocab time!
Opinion – A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. The SEC is the best conference in the NCAAF.
Fact – A thing that is indisputably the case. The SEC won 7 of the last 8 College Football National Championships (looking at you, Auburn).
I remember when I first started dating my boyfriend. I went looking for those “how to know” articles and cross reference how our relationship was to how I was told it should be. I mean, surely the authors of those articles were relationship experts and would guide me to full understanding. I know, I know, it was dumb. Not to mention, it was a little damaging. The fault wasn’t in the article, it was in myself for taking it as an indisputable fact when it was nothing more than opinion. Silly girl. You live and learn.
I know this all sounds pretty elementary, so if you didn’t get anything out of it, that’s cool. If you did get something out of it, pass it along!
I tried to find a heartfelt quote to wrap this post up, but I thought my time would be better spent coming up with that sign-off phrase. Which I still don’t have.