I discovered Facebook when my youngest child was just a baby and I had finally returned to work. One of the other girls in the salon showed me how to set up an account, but I wondered at the time if I wasn’t too old to be getting involved in something like that.
It’s been five years now, and I’ll be the first to admit I’m hooked. Oh, I tell everyone it’s all about monitoring the kids and their friends, or networking for my writing career, or helping me keep abreast of school and athletic events.
Okay, I’ve reconnected with old friends that I hadn’t talked to since high school. I’ve found relatives who had drifted out of my life. I’ve even found relatives I didn’t know I had! I’ve got a fan page for my blog and my books, and I’ve even managed to buy and sell household items through a garage sale “page” on Facebook. And it’s a great way to share pictures with relatives that I don’t see as often as I’d like.
But guys, we need to talk.
Parents, think before you shame your kid on Facebook. Seriously, I am so appalled when I see mothers who get on their page to rant and rave about how lazy their kids are, or how ungrateful, or whatever. Sure, we all feel that way about our kids sometimes, but how disrespectful is it to use your computer to tell the world such terrible things about your own flesh and blood! Think about it: if a fellow teenager dedicates 4-5 status updates per day calling Little Johnny a lazy bastard or an ungrateful little jerk, wouldn’t we jump all over that teenager for bullying Little Johnny? And yet Little Johnnies all over the world have parents who do the same thing nearly every day and never think twice.
Here’s another way to think about it. Let’s say Little Johnny gets on Facebook and calls his mother lazy or ungrateful. Maybe he insults her cooking, too, because that’s just the kind of kid Little Johnny is. Most likely, he’s going to be disciplined for disrespecting his mother on Facebook, right?
So why does his mom think it’s okay for her to disrespect him on Facebook?
And don’t argue with someone else’s kid on Facebook. Adults should act like adults.
I also see people complaining about their jobs and co-workers. Seriously, guys, you realize that you can get fired for that, right? You really want to call your boss a name? Okay, call him “Ex-boss” because that’s what he’ll be after he fires your stupid ass for gossiping about your job on Facebook.
And come on, guys; everybody knows who you mean when you refer to someone as “you-know-who” or respond to comments with “Send me a message; I’ll tell you who it is.” I recently unfriended a woman because she was constantly kvetching about “that one certain person” in vague terms and I couldn’t get past my concern that she was referring to me. Okay, so I’m a bit paranoid at times, but it was downright creepy.
Then of course, there’s my personal favorite: women who slam their husband or boyfriends on Facebook. I’m sure there are men who do this too, but I see so much more of it with my women friends than with my guy friends. A woman will have a fight with her husband and then go on Facebook to announce to the world that he’s a cheater, an abuser, a gambler, an alcoholic, or whatever. She begs for pity, getting hundreds of supportive comments reassuring her that she’s a strong and beautiful woman. Her friends cluster around to agree that she’s too good for the guy, and sling around more insults about him.
Half the time, the poor guy didn’t even know they were having a fight when he left for work that morning.
I guess what I’m saying is that some people just have no common sense about what is and isn’t okay to air on Facebook. Girls, nobody cares about your period or how long it’s been since you’ve had sex. We don’t want to know that you have a yeast infection. Guys, we don’t care that your balls itch. Just shut up, turn around, and scratch them, for God’s sake. Don’t make a public announcement on Facebook that your freaking balls itch.
Ladies, if your man just cheated on you or beat the crap out of you, leave him. Call the cops if you must. Don’t get on Facebook to tell the world you caught him screwing the neighbor, or post pictures of your black eye and busted lip. Rather than bitch about the situation, change the situation.
And Moms, think about what you are about to say about your own child. Would you slap the stupid out of your own kid for saying that about you? Then don’t say it about him. Common sense, people. Before you get out there and post a rant about your kid’s coach or teacher for all of your 600+ Facebook friends to see, take a second to wonder if that coach or teacher might not be offended and perhaps take it out on your kid. In short, if you insist on calling the coach a dick all over Facebook, don’t expect your kid to get much playing time.
It’s been a rough couple of days here, obviously. I am in a bad mood. People are pissing me off, and that just never works out well for anyone.
So come on, everybody. Talk to me. What are some of the worst things that you see people do on Facebook? What really ticks you off?