HOW MUCH OF WHAT YOU READ ONLINE YOU SHOULD ASSUME IS THE TRUTH 🌞

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    On the Internet at large: 0%
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    On The List App: 0%
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    Having said the above, I respectfully offer the following food for thought as you navigate the Internet, The List App and Life in general:
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    People forgive small lies. And expect small lies. Everyone tells small lies.
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    EXAMPLE: I have uploaded, for your viewing pleasure, a grayscale photograph of myself as my The List App avatar.
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    Howeverβ€”and I hope this does not come as a shock to anyoneβ€”I am not gray in real life. Or leastwise not all the way gray. I am, in fact, a man of many colors. I am also usually not that coiffed in the hair department on a day to day basis. Indeed, at the moment I am rather in need of a haircut.
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    This is a small lie: that I am pretending to be all-gray. It harms no one. We are both complicit in this lie, in a way.
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    EXAMPLE: I have mentioned in lists no less than seven times a personage by the name of "Uncle Rupert." But I do not have an Uncle Rupert. He is a figment of my imagination who I've conjured up for the purposes of humor.
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    I just happen to think that Rupert is a name with more comedic value than the names of my actual uncles...which are Bill and Steve.
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    This little lie also harms no one.
    (In fact, you could argue that this is a lie that is of manifold benefit to my Uncles Bill and Steve who, in real life, are quite cray cray!)
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    But people feel betrayed by big lies. Especially lies that manipulate emotions.
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    Like, for example, if I pretended that I had an Aunt Martha who had just died of cancer and wrote a list about her last days and you read it and it made you cry...
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    ...and then the next day I wrote another list that said "Just kidding I do not have an Aunt Martha. I only have an Aunt Cathy and she is over right now helping me fry donuts!" you would have the sad face.
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    But always remember the following about this, our digital culture:
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    It is all little lies, for the most part.
    Mixed in with some big lies, too.
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    Everyone embellishes.
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    Everyone applies filters.
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    Everyone "Photoshops."
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    Everyone curates.
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    Everyone boils down personal stories to the "juicy parts."
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    Everyone leaves things out.
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    Everyone adds punchlines.
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    Social media encourages us to do all of the above.
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    To appear exciting.
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    To feel "relevant."
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    To share a tuna sandwich for lunch that is more exotic and excellent than everyone else's tuna sandwich for lunch.
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    That is all.
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    Be careful on the Internet.
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    Now I will add a few suns, so that you know to always look on the bright side of life:
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    🌞🌞🌞
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    P.S. The sun emoji in this list's title was put there on purpose as a subliminal message to force you to feel a generalized sense of gladness. Did it work?
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    🌞🌞🌞