day I was perusing Facebook when I saw a few of my friends post some political
rants I didn’t agree with. Normally this isn’t a big deal, because when I’m
offended by what they say or would just, you know, appreciate not seeing that
on my newsfeed, I hide the person. I hide their updates, but remain friends
with them and go along my merry way.
But when the
next update that rolled along was a friend of mine complaining that her friends
“post too many pictures of their kids,” I was a little flabbergasted.
I know, I
know. Who would’ve thought 10 years ago that social media would become such a
source of contention? (No one,
unless you are a computer genius who already knew about social media OR a
psychic. And if the latter is true, can we chat about some lottery numbers? Hit
me up on Facebook!)
status in question (because we need to get all Law & Order about this)
really rubbed me the wrong way. She went on to write that it was “exhausting”
seeing picture after picture of kids in the bathtub, kids carving pumpkins and
kids asleep on the couch. “In the old days, you had a few pictures to show your
friends when they came over to visit. Now, we are subjected to 15 pictorial updates on each kid per day. Forcing someone to look at pictures of
your kid licking the cake batter spoon is exhausting and is making me really
aggravated. Do you really have that much time on your hands that you’re making
a photo album each day of your kid in the same position?”
we’re on the subject of kids here, someone needs a NAP.
obviously, she has no children of her own.
No one asks if it’s OK to post 10 “duck face” pictures of you and your friends in a row.
wonderful thing about Facebook, friends: You can control what you see. No one
is forcing you to look at pictures of a 4-year-old’s birthday party. You
can change that! You can hide that person! You can unfriend them! You can,
shockingly enough, IGNORE what you don’t like.
A lot of
people commented on her status and about 90 percent of them (that’s a guess, I’m no
statistician) applauded her “bravery.” “You go, girl! I don’t want to see
those brats either!” read one comment. Another said, “Agreed. When did this
full of people sharing their lives each and every day. Facebook becomes
“BabyBook” when those of us with children feel like sharing our babies with our
friends. Some of us are far away from family, some of us have friends that like
the updates and some of us just like to share. No one asks if it’s OK to post 10 “duck face” pictures of you and your friends in a row. Instead, we
just hide you from our newsfeed so we don’t have to see what we don’t want. You
can do that, too!
still has a long way to go. In a world where social media is the key to
businesses, marketing, friendship and sharing, we have to be careful how much
we’re willing to argue about. It’s like television. Do you turn on the TV and
complain, wildly and relentlessly, about whatever it is you’re watching? No!
You turn the channel!
Unless Keeping up With The Kardashians is on. You should always watch that and yell
at the TV.
Do you care
if people think you post too many baby pictures? What would you say if someone
told you your sharing was “exhausting”?