08/01/2012 01:05 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT

How to Control Your Tweeting

China's Yu Yang, left, and Wang Xiaoli talk while playing against Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, of South Korea, in a women's doubles badminton match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. World doubles champions Wang and Yu, and their South Korean opponents were booed loudly at the Olympics on Tuesday for appearing to try and lose their group match to earn an easier draw. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)


Stupid tweets have ruined careers, relationships, political ambitions and Olympic dreams.

So, why do we do it?

I blame evolution. Technology has advanced so much faster than human social evolution and we are just not wired to deal with the immediacy and permanence of a wired world. I doubt Voula Papachristou trained all those years so she could make a racial slur on twitter.

Personally, I find I don't always make good decisions when it comes to using technology.

  • I am blind to spelling errors until I press the 'submit' button.
  • The very second I click 'yes' to a purchase, I suddenly realize I just bought something crazy, and a hundred of them at that.
  • I Tweet insane comments when I'm excited and twitterpated.
  • I empty the recycle bin only to find that now nothing works and those incredibly important files are gone for good.

"Oh My God! What have I done?" is my daily mantra.

Until our social evolution has advanced, some solutions might be:

  • Buying a larger hard drive so you don't have to empty the recycle bin
  • Keeping important files on permanent media, such as a DVDR
  • Hiding your credit card
  • It might also be a good idea to stay away from twitter when:

  • You are in a heightened emotional state
  • You have been drinking
  • You are below the age of 15
  • You are in the Olympics
  • You are in politics
  • You are Charlie Sheen