Written by Scott McGinnis | Goombay Tally Blog | www.goombaytally.com
As a Civilized Society, Please Stop Posting These 5 Things on Social Media.
As we all know, social media is an awesome venue for sharing important life events with family and friends who you would normally not speak with on a regular basis. Heck, a social media site that allows you to reconnect with a friend you haven’t seen since first grade, can’t be all bad right?
But we all know that some people tend to “overshare” their lives and put us all in the awkward position of having to either avert our gaze, swipe our way through their posts, or simply stare in amazement or horror. Yes, we all have that friend that essentially uses Facebook as their modern day dairy; the only difference is that this diary is instantly read by 700 people and not hidden under your bed and away from your nosy little brother.
Let’s face it… the majority of them are casual friends — some they know very well, some we know of and some we really don’t know at all.
I recently heard a comedian joke about one of his Facebook friends who abruptly posted, “I NEED A GOOD LAWYER RIGHT NOW!!” Long story short, the premise of the joke was that too many people are replacing God-given common sense, self-initiative, and independent research and thought with a sad and unhealthy dependency on social media.
My favorite posts are the uber passive aggressive ones that rant about the transgressions of total strangers that they encountered in town that day. They sound something like this: “Thank you (dude driving the black Hundai) for taking my parking spot today at the Panera Bread off of Monaco and Main Street… I hope you choked on the Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt you bastard!”
Now, I think I can speak for everyone of your friends when I tell you … unless you barreled out of your car in the middle of the street and yelled those very words at the rude parking spot thief, we’re really not interested in your uber passive-aggressive diatribe.
Don’t let yourself become one of these people. Read on to learn more about the top five things that should never be posted on Facebook.
1. Puke-worthy Injury Photos
For some reason, there are people who have injured themselves on the job or at home and somehow find it necessary to post photos of the gruesome aftermath. This is especially problematic, since there is a good chance that some poor, unsuspecting browser will happen upon these sickening photographs against their will.
And those who feel the need to share photos of other people’s gruesome injuries are even more wrong, since they are taking pictures, instead of getting the person the necessary medical attention. Mind you, taking some injury or infection photos may serve your doctor or medical staff well as they examine the progression of the site, but trust me, most of your Facebook buddies will not appreciate the details.
2. Dirty Bathroom Selfies
If you have seen one bathroom selfie, you have seen them all. There is nothing new to be added to this particular genre of Facebook posts. And worst of all, there are a wide range of people who don’t seem to realize how dirty their bathroom is until after someone points it out in the comments. There’s really no circumstance where anyone is going to want to see your muscle man pose in the mirror or your picture with your boobs strategically placed in a position to elicit likes from the men in your feed. Hey, by the way, did you see the chick who took a bathroom selfie but forgot to flush the toilet that was positioned behind her. Yep, after one of her friends pointed it out, it quickly became a (disgusting) Facebook legend.
3. Medical History
Your medical history should be one of the most private aspects of your life, but with social media, the lines between public information and private information have been blurred. There is no reason to subject your family and Facebook friends to your private medical history, so keep this between you and your physician.
I have a family member who frequently posts about her frequent sinus issues and … even better … updates her 1,200 friends hourerly
If you can’t resist posting pictures of your bloody, dangling appendages — do us all a favor and at least post it after breakfast.
4. Your Vacation Plans
We’ve seen it before: this person lets all of Facebook know when they are going to be on vacation, person comes back home to find out that their house has been ransacked. Don’t leave this kind of sensitive information in the hands of your Facebook connections. Most of us have friends on our page that we have not spoken to since high school and we never know what someone could be capable of until it is too late. Let’s face it, that seemingly nice guy you “sort” of knew from high school Geometry class, the one that you recently friend-ed, may be secretly collecting human skulls and index fingers in is mother’s basement now.
Don’t be his next victim.
5. Your Daily “Comings and Goings”
It’s always fun to let you friends know that you are at the movies getting ready to watch Star Wars, The Force Awakens or at the Denver Broncos game, but don’t be like the guy who called in sick for work and later decided that it would be a good idea to post on Facebook that “my jackass boss thinks I’m home sick with the flu…but the only thing that’s sick right now is my crazy Call of Duty skills”. Yeah, in case you were wondering, that guy was looking for a new job the next day.
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