This week on Facebook, I ran across a post that made me chuckle to myself. It was a cleverly written piece of satire pointing out just how absurd we’ve all become with oversharing our lives on social-media. (Satire – a genre of literature or writing in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals.)
I showed it to Clark. He chuckled. I showed it to my friends. They chuckled. I showed it to my kids and they chuckled. In conversations all week, I mentioned it to my friends and acquaintances. Everyone chuckled. And, everyone commented similarly. Well, that certainly isn’t me. I don’t overshare on Facebook. At least not to the point of Ad Nauseum…….. (ad nau·se·am (ăd nô′zē-əm) adv. To a disgusting or ridiculous degree; to the point of nausea)
That same thought ran through my mind. That certainly doesn’t apply to meeee…. Or, does it? (millisecond of doubt)….. Nah. So what. So my Facebook page is covered with massive amounts of selfies. And, updates on what I’m doing & where you can find me most hours of most days. Just because I’ve posted 52 photo’s of my dog in the past few months, all basically in the same position with the same look on his face, that doesn’t really mean I’ve share too much. (He’s sooooo cute!)
It’s not like I’m one of those overbearing new parents who lets us know the exact moment of conception or what the baby looks like in the womb.
And, thank the Lord above that I was never one of those people who shared TMI about bodily functions…
But in all fairness, I not only have the link to Facebook bookmarked on the front page of my PC, but also on the first page of my smartphone – which is like the speed dial of the social media world!! This gives me instant access to being *spring into action* ready to post something I find incredibly interesting. Like, a picture of what’s sitting in front of me on my lunch plate. Or, quoting some incredibly humorous comment that came out of one of my kids mouths.
This week, Facebook announced the unveiling of it’s new *thumbs down* dislike button. I’m not really sure how I feel about this. While it’s true that not every post on the social-media site always seems deserving of a virtual thumbs up, do we really want to make it easier to spread negativity online? Don’t we do enough of that in real life? Isn’t Social-Media the place we turn to when we want to share with everyone how absolutely (and a little unrealistically) fabulous our lives are?
What will mom’s everywhere do when they find a big ‘ol thumbs down on the posted picture of Jr. Or, when someone gives us a thumbs down on the photo of the tuna fish sammie on our plate. What if someone decides to tell me that they DON”T think my dog is deserving of the last 40 pictures I’ve posted of him. (thank goodness for the *unfriend* button.) It shall be interesting!
Until then, my Facebook page will remain discreet and humble. Like always. And I imagine yours will, too.