Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Posting is a personal choice....

We live in a time where social media is often the main source of communication.  Many use Facebook, Twitter, and various Blogs as ways to keep in touch, share joys and sorrows, offer helpful advice, and yes, buy and sell items.  I, personally, use facebook to keep in touch with friends and family and share about my personal experiences both good and bad.  The key word is is up to me what I chose to share online and with how many people.  I try to be respectful, and I do consider the fact that I am also "friends" with my 11 year old son.  Nothing, that would be offensive to him will be shared on my postings.  I have my "privacy settings" set accordingly to my personal preference.

This being said, my preferences may not be the same as someone elses.  I am sure some out there have their sites set to public viewing, but that is their personal choice, not mine.  I have to laugh at some of the posts I see that divulge the most intimate details, sometimes delivered in the most obvious of drunken states (sometimes postings disappeared the next day).   Again, it was their personal choice to post it, not mine and really none of my business, regardless if I saw it on facebook or not.  I have seen couples, literally fighting back and forth with each post for all "friends" to see.  Inappropriate?  In my opinion, yes, but that is my subjective viewpoint, so, I don't fight with my husband online.  I have posted things about my personal helps me when I need to vent and share my joy (with pics and good news).  I make comments about myself, my kids, my husband, and my friends.  I don't share anything that is intentionally hurtful, spiteful or embarrassing to anyone.  I don't use facebook to be secretive (its on the internet folks).   Anything, I post, my immediate family already knows or has access to it. 

Which brings me to my point...if you see someone's post and you think it's too private...move on.  It was their personal choice to post it, not yours.  Perhaps find some humor in it or find a way to relate to a person's pain or happiness.  If someone's postings regularly offend you, "unfriend" them, problem solved.  Remember, each of us are different, and our individual choices are just that......personal!

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