Saturday, October 12, 2013

Public Service Saturday: Facebook Etiquette

Dear people of the world,
Just because you think it doesn't mean you should type it. Unfortunately, this has become increasingly popular. I call it oversharing. Believe it or not, I don't want to know how far you are dialated. No, I do not need to know what part of your child's anatomy they recently discovered. No, I don't need to know your boyfriend is a string of cuss words, and that you now hate him. And no, I don't want to read about how many times you vomited with the latest stomach bug. 

Today, I will offer a helpful tip to avoid oversharing. If you are about to post an update and you aren't quite sure if it's appropriate I want you to follow these easy steps...

1. Go to your friends list and find the most random aquaintance you have. It could be your fourth grade teacher, that guy you met at that thing three years ago and never saw again, or the old lady that sits in front of your grandma at church.

2. Now picture yourself standing face to face with that person. Imagine looking that person in the eye and telling them exactly what you are about to type. Is it awkward? Uncomfortable? Do you imagine them looking at you in total fear and disgust? Then don't type it! Because that is exactly what dozens of your unfortunate " friends" will be doing as they scroll through on their laptops and smart phones. They will be so horrified that they will then verbally share your status with anyone standing nearby. So now total strangers will be aware of your trip to the lady doctor! 

3. Delete whatever it was you were going to share, and post something else. Good safe choices include: a comment on the weather, an inspirational quote, a witty comment that you could share at a work party with out fear of alienating yourself from the entire office.

As the problem of oversharing grows I may find it necessary to unfriend certain people. So if you find yourself unfriended please do take it personal. Because you made it personal.....waaaay tooooo personal.

** Please Note - this was written in fun. Don't be offended, and if you are I am sorry. But, if you are guilty of oversharing take this opportunity to giggle at yourself and take a little bit of loving advice** and now I add a wink face, because nobody can be mad at a wink face. ;)

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