The Inappropriate Status Update

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SupernovaMedia.caSometimes writing blogs I get the opportunity to store up all the bitterness I collect day-to-day and spew it forth under the guise of ‘Opinion’. Today is one of those days.

There are few things I find more pathetic and distasteful than people who misuse Facebook by posting inappropriate status updates or using Facebook as a weapon to hurt people.

Status updates are great (they’re probably my favorite thing about the social networking site), but sometimes they offer serious TMI.

FACEBOOK is the 2nd most popular word that starts with an F and ends with a K.

You’ve all seen this type of update “i’m sorry our love/hate relationship has turned into a hate/please die motherf%^ *#r relationship”  Come on! It sucks you two broke up – but, keep it to yourself and get over it already. Do you really think the object of your aggression is going to read what you’ve written, sensibly digest and modify their behaviour accordingly? I think not. Hostility breeds hostility.

Facebook is a great way to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers. You can update everyone on your life and you can do it all at once in a status update. Status updates are normally a very positive feature on Facebook. However, they can get you in trouble.

I finally had to block all of a “friend’s” status updates because I realized, over the course of a couple of weeks, that she was one of the most consistently negative people. Her status updates were a litany of how difficult her life as a stay at home mom is, how unappreciative her husband and children are of her many sacrifices, and so on. No one’s life is a bed of roses, but when Facebook status updates are your outlet, and that’s how you’re choosing to express yourself to the immediate world, then something’s wrong.

Ultimately, it’s up for you to decide where social boundaries exist in the digital world.  I really like this article of the 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook etiquette.

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