Facebook is public. You may have your profile set to private, but all of your friends can see it. And if your list of friends is 600 people long, chances are you’re not very close with most of the people on there. Hell, if your friends list is 100 people long, you probably have plenty of people in the list who are not close personal friends or family. And unless you have your profile really locked down, friends of your friends can probably see your profile and pictures, too. So now we’re talking about thousands upon thousands of people. Given this fact, why-oh-why are you sharing such personal information on Facebook??
Do you really want your second cousin’s feedback on your relationship? Or for your ex-boyfriend’s best friend to console you about what a tough time you’re having at work? Facebook is not your therapist. It is not the place to have personal conversations.
Yes, privacy is fast becoming a thing of the past (if it isn’t already), but that doesn’t mean you should go spilling your heart all over the internet asking for people’s sympathy/advice/attention. If you have a statement to make, a story to tell, a lesson to give: that’s cool. But telling all of your “friends” that you’re thinking about leaving your husband and asking for advice? Really now??
Boundaries, people. Facebook isn’t what it once was – a cool place to share drunken photos with your college friends. Your mom is on Facebook now. And so is the rest of the world. And the world feels really uncomfortable when you ask its advice about whether or not you should quit your job.
Let’s get it together, people.
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