Ready or not, we are Facebook nation. Or nearly. In light of a new survey from the old school emergency service provider the Red Cross, it appears many of us now turn to social media like Facebook, Twitter or to a website in an emergency. Yes, in a real life, call-911-type of emergency, 1 in 5 people surveyed said if they couldn't get 911, they would Facebook the police, fire, or their high school boyfriend, whoever was actually looking at the status update when it came in.
According to the American Red Cross, in an online survey of 1,058 adults, one in five would try to contact first responders through digital options such as email, websites or social media. That is a bit worrisome, but it gets a little worse than that. Of those polled, 35 percent would post a request for help directly on a response agency's Facebook page and 28 percent would send a direct Twitter message to responders. Let's hope the EMT's are not actually on an emergency call and thus not checking their Facebook page or Twitter account at the time.