And while there are certain proverbs that seem very specific to the age in which they were written, over the past few days, I've noticed several proverbs and sayings that seem tailor made for this digital age.
"Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared."
"Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words."
Proverbs 23: 9
"Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, 'I was only joking!'"
Just because you add a "jk" or "lol" at the end of a statement, does not take away its impact. The sting is still there and more often, such a statement seems to reveal true feelings (or at least plants a doubt as to your true feelings).
"Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down."
How often do Facebook quarrels go on and on because everyone wants to pile on? Or mis-information keeps being circulated because someone else has to pass it on? Social media seems to have just thrown gasoline on gossip and spread it wide.
"Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider and not your own lips."
Social media can also encourage bragging (or at least give that appearance) and resulting ill effects. Commenting to take someone down a peg. Depression due to comparison of our lives with the best of what is put on social media for others. A great reminder to keep perspective on how you talk about yourself online.