Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Are you guilty?

The Chicago Tribune ran an article today called "Nine Disturbing Behaviors on Social Media That People Need to Stop Right Now".

Are you guilty of any of them?

1. Too Much Information "A log of every morsel of food you put in your mouth, labor-frequency and pictures of your ingrown toenails are examples of information that should be kept to yourself"

This is definitely one that gets me. I don't need to know that you've become more flatulent in your second trimester or that you're driving your Aunt Margaret's to electrolysis today. Some things are better left unsaid.


2. Fake Wedding Planning "It's OK to dream about your day, but actually dedicating an Internet page to your fake wedding seems a bit...desperate."

I blogged about this phenomena once before here. It's one thing to be browsing wedding blogs and pinning for your wedding day inspiration when you're engaged and actually getting married (also read: having a baby). But having your wedding planned before your partner has even popped the question...how about you slow your roll and wait for an actual wedding to plan.


3. Living too Virtually "...live that moment in real life before sharing it online. The girl you sat next to in eighth-grade science lab shouldn't know you are engaged before your Aunt Mary does."

I am amazed at how many people I see snap a picture (and post it on Facebook) of their engagement ring the first free second after being proposed to. Or how many people announce they are pregnant only a few weeks into the pregnancy (we can add showing a picture of your home pregnancy test to #1 and "too much info"). I have to say I have seen (a few times) family members post their surprise (and sadness) that they are finding out about a life event (wedding/baby/death) via social media. PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL YOUR FAMILY.


4. Cyberstalking Celebrities "...don't retweet Ryan Gosling to tell him he's a fox. Don't be a 'Real Housewife' to retweet you because it's your birthday."

Do people really do this? I mean, yes I follow a few celebrities on Twitter but usually because they are too hilarious and give me a good chuckle. But I have both feet planted in reality and know that Anthony Bourdain isn't going to suddenly Direct Message me saying he loved my last tweet and invite me to coffee the next time he does a book tour in Portland.


5. Incessant Complaining "Gas is expensive. I hate traffic. My meal was horrible. Work is hard. I hate snow"

We all know who this person(s) is and if you're anything like me you do one of two things 1) tell them to stop complaining in a way they think is humor but you're dead serious or 2) hide that SOB.


6. The Braggart "Achievements are perfectly OK to share with friends and family via social media, but egotistical status updates are obnoxious."

There is one thing to share with us big news - promotion, graduating from college, announcing you're having a baby (see #3 first though). That's fantastic. That's what social media is for - to stay connected. But #6 and #1 go very hand in hand. We don't need to know some man on the street asked if you were a movie star (he was just trying to distract you while someone else picked your pocket). We don't need to know the dollar amount of your latest raise. There is sharing and then there is bragging.


7. The Drunken Diaries "Drunken debauchery sometimes happens, but there has to be discretion about what's actually posted."

It's called waiting until the morning to post pictures, go through and un-tag yourself or ask friends to take down the pictures. Otherwise you chance your grandmother or boss seeing the picture of you in your bra covered in whipped cream on top of the bar. 


8. Drama-rama "Keep it classy...These types of updates leave the rest of us feeling uncomfortable."

I get whiplash sometimes from friends who go back and forth, in and out of the same relationship every other week.  Or a comment to a crying screamo youtube music video saying "This is for you". Really? Keep it out of the public and leave that shit at home. I'm here for you if you're having a bad day but don't go fishing for comfort or trying to pull me into your drama by cryptic HS games. 


9. Misguided Politics "If you post to say that you do (or don't) like Obama's health care policy, make sure you have the know-how to back it up. The best way to support causes is to back away from the computer and vote."

I can't agree with this one more. If you're going to (very) publically stand up for or against a cause/politician/debate point at least get your facts straight and now what you're talking about before positing it. Also, posting the color of your bra, where you put your purse at night and your shoe size does nothing to support Breast Cancer, Autism or ending the war in the Middle East. Just in case you were confused. 

Did they forget any?
What are your social media pet peeves?


1 comment:

  1. I hate it when people you know IRL carry on like a totally different person on their blog. Sure, create a persona. We all do that. Being a smarter, wittier, awesomer self is one of the joys of blogging. But acting like someone else entirely? That's just plain ol' weeeeeeird.

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