I was late jumping on the Facebook bandwagon. I resisted quite stubbornly at first… But then, one of AMP’s family members invited me, and I thought, ‘what better way to keep in touch with his family across the country.’ So, I joined. I was determined to only have people who were far away – and then, it was people I went to school with who I haven’t talked to in eons.. and, then it was almost everyone. Not to say that I have a ridiculous friends list. I’m still pretty picky about who is allowed to access my Facebook page (most people being on Limited Profile) and am careful about what I post on there… But, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine.. After all Facebook has the best gossip! haha
For Mama Kat’s workshop, I tried to think up an awkward conversation I’ve witnessed on Facebook, and well… I think that people post way too much information through their status updates. There’s the girl who whines about how lonely she is and has no friends – and how horrible her husband is – until the next day when he’s “the best husband in the whole world.” There’s the guy who updates his status every 5 minutes, apparently needing to keep an up-to-date records of his every movement. There’s the girl who posts inappropriate pictures of herself, and then whines about how she’s called a slut. And then there are the arguments played out for the world (or your entire friend list) to see.
One such argument was between a friend of mine, and a girl who was mortally offended at a comment my friend had made. My friend works in a pediatric office and was complaining about some of the mothers there, and this other person took it personally and as an affront to herself as a single mother – even though it did not refer to her at all. It was funny to read how riled up she got even though my friend pointed out it had nothing to do with her, and she even ended up blocking my friend from her friends list. Talk about sensitive.
I have a rule about status updates and uploading photos – before I do, I ask myself, “Will I regret posting this later?” and “Would I be embarrassed if my parents saw this?” I think that in this digital age, people have lost some of their common sense, not realizing that the words we post may change the way people view us, not only with our friends, but even with future employers.