agree. i would rather see a spiritual thought, a funny phrase, a grand
Facebook can be a really useful tool ...posting family photos, advertising,
informing of important events etc... However far too many are overloaded on
Facebook and spend way too much time on the site posting trivia and nonsense
that proves one thing...some people have WAY too much free time on their hands!
Put the iPad down and take the dog for a walk for pete sake!! Get outside and
smell the pine trees and get some exercise while you are at it and maybe even
talk face to face with your spouse and kids!!! The internet in general is a
GREAT resource - hard to imagine 21st century life without it but like most
things in life there is a healthy balance you have to adhere to and too much of
anything is bad.
I had a bagel for breakfast!
I agree that if you wouldn't say something to a roomful of people, then
don't say it on Facebook :-) Which is common sense to a lot of us, but not
everyone. And pictures of cats... I haven't gone that far yet, but
I've been tempted! I have the cutest, fattest, most stubborn cat ever!
Yeah there's so much of the inane on FB. I've found I can scan
through it, skipping over the inane, and be done in a minute or two. And I have
hidden all of the games that people invite me to play, so now I don't even
have to look at that junk. I do value the connections on FB since I don't
live near family or old friends. I have also found it's valuable for
family history connections. Distant relatives I never heard of have
"found" me on FB. What I can't figure out is why busy moms of
many children spend so much time posting. It's absurd to read "omg,
my baby just threw up!" So why aren't they tending their baby instead
of posting on FB? Sheesh.
I like fb. It has helped me reconnect with friends from my past that I
otherwise never would have. I been able to go on vacation with friends because
of fb. I have received tickets to sporting events from friends that I otherwise
never would have received. I have made new friends with people,
that were formerly just acquaintances, through fb. I like to use fb
to promote a lifestyle of self reliance, family values, patriotism, and
faith. Most importantly to me, fb helps me to be more connected to
my nieces and nephews. I get an additional glimpse into their lives that I
otherwise would not have.
Dear Jason, Sorry you don't like knowing about your friends. Please
don't judge me because I do like to keep in touch with my friends and
family members. I do happen to think it's cool that I can know what my
family and friends are doing, even the unimportant things. It's like being
able to read your grandma's journal and so feeling closer to her through
that. If you don't enjoy it, fine, but don't look down at those of us
Undoubtedly this is a message that should be shared more frequently as society
seems to embrace social media and seems to be a centralized focus of networking
and modern communication. I agree that certain topics and sentiments should
never be expressed in a public format like Facebook. Nonetheless, we must
remember that the purpose of social media is to share opinions and not everyone
will do so in a respectful, conservative manner. This lesson is most appropriate
for teenagers that are opening their accounts for the first time and their
parents to teach by example. Tragically, there are many that are enamored with
gossip and the providers of that gossip are seeking attention they feel is not
being given by those they interact with every day (spouse, children, parents,
co-workers, etc.). Although we cannot control the words and actions of others,
we can prioritize ourselves and what things we focus on. Furthermore, we should
always remember that we should not take offense "when offense was not
intended" or choose to ignore, delete, block, or otherwise withdraw from
intentionally offensive situations if not directly and personally malicious.
My favorites are the people that often declare how busy they are and how they
can't get anything done. You also have the people that just post "I am
so sad today" or "I am so happy today" without any story about what
is going on.
Perfect article! I've chosen to hide some people because of their
inappropriate posts. Posts like complaining about a neighbor's yard,
wondering why the police are at a neighbor's house, complaining about a
neighbor's child, complaining about people's actions in church,
complaining about a husband's very busy church calling. Posts that do
nothing except invite gossip and bad feelings. Why would you ever think it
appropriate to complain about your neighbors on Facebook? Especially when
it's worded in such a way that everyone in the neighborhood knows exactly
who you're talking about. I tried unfriending this particular person (yes,
the passive-aggressive way) but that didn't work so I then turned to hiding
all posts. I too wish people would stop to think about how their words will
affect someone else, before hitting the 'post' button. However, I can
only control my own actions, and hide posts from people who can't edit
Funny you should mention breakfast. I have one friend who cooks these wonderful
meals, especially breakfast, then describes them so well and so beautifully that
your knees go weak. Then you wind up copying him in your kitchen and life is
just a little bit better.
I think many of you missed the point a bit. Obviously you are free to post
whatever you want, even what you had for breakfast. However, I have many friends
and even some family that I would like to know what is going on in their life,
but I am not willing to scroll through the thousands of posts of mindless
chatter to see the updates about their kids. So I hide it all. There
are a couple of people I know that post things that are wildly inappropriate,
and I have let a couple of them know it. If you don't want your spouse to
talk about your bad habits with their friends, Why would you think it is
appropriate to tell all your Facebook friends about theirs.As far as
your cat, I don't really care, but if you post 500 pictures of your cat,
don't be surprised that I didn't know that your kid made the honor
roll, because I hid you from my feed.
I don't mind hearing what my friends had for breakfast, and seeing
someone's cat wearing huge sunglasses is cute as far as I'm concerned.
I also like to see pictures of my friends, the weddings in my family and my
friends weddings or special occasions. I would never put things on F/B which I
didn't want the world to know, but if there was an especially good talk at
church, or a new temple is having open house, of course I will say it and share
it. I love to keep in touch with my family on F/B and I can send private
messages to their page if I choose to do so. I love hearing about birthdays and
sending (and receiving) birthday wishes or giving sympathy to friends in need,
or just keeping in touch. These conversations are not something you would be
embarrassed about if overheard on a bus or even in church. I disagree with this
article. True, people should be discrete in what they publish, but it is good
to keep in touch by F/B. I do limit my number of friends and have privacy
settings on "friends only"
somewhat lame article. If its so important to Wright to exclude much of the
trivial status updates, he's free to unfriend any of his facebook friends
who don't live up to his standards of substantive facebooking. I agree
that people should be careful about gossip on facebook. Wright's line that
"Pictures of your cat wearing a sweater and a fake mustache? Super
inappropriate." is almost laughably a bad conclusion. Of course, many might
not be interested to see the cat in a costume but there is nothing inappropriate
about doing it as long as the cat is not being injured.I look at
facebooking as like a party, maybe even a dance party, where people are acting a
little goofy. If you're bugged by a little goofiness, then you are free
not to come to the party.
Facebook is frequently used for just idle chatter, the way we talk everyday.
"Sorry, I'm late, the traffic was terrible and I had to pick up some
milk before the store closed." Sometimes people overhear this, but so what?
It's not like a formal announcement "John and Mary Smith are pleased to
announce the new arrival of a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast." And people can
overdo it or misuse it the way you can talk excitedly in public about something
that should remain private. People don't always think or care about what
they say. So why should Facebook be different? Over time people will edit
themselves (or not), but why do others care? What was the point of this post,
that people say dumb things? In other breaking news, WWII ended.
The Bill of Rights sets down the privileges of individual citizens and national
governance should be for the benefit and convenience of the whole community and
the communities of which it is composed. It is not. Today our world of
technology is the only known source of miracles. Is it not a sign of the times?
For 1000’s of years, the secretive aimless and unsystematic behaviors of
past rulers and celebrities have found their ways into our universities. If
some of the members of the multitudes have lost a sense of shame, do not blame
them. After all, are they not practicing, what they have seen and heard from
our modern rulers and celebrities and have these not been educated at our finest
If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? If you
don't like what people are saying on Facebook, you have the magical ability
to not consume what they are saying. With a mouse-click or two you can filter
out those people who tend to share TMI. Isn't technology amazing? So,
rather than expecting the world to conform to what you want, maybe you should
take it upon yourself to change your own environment. This was an extremely
weak article. I agree that many people share too much on Facebook. I have
probably filtered out 90% of my FB friends so I don't see what they post.
The author should do the same rather than participating in the whining that he
claims to so disdain.
Please change your profile with a new selfie every other day too,send me dozens
of reports and things I must send on to everyone else. Check in so I know where
you are eating,. Spew your crazy love four your spouse , boyfriend,girlfriend or
dog in embarassing ways. That way I know who to hide.O,b
I turned off Facebook a few months ago when Zuckerberg took up the amnesty for
illegals cause.It isn't as easy as it sounds. You have to fill out a
form on-line and at the end they'll inform you that the account will remain
active for two weeks in case you change your mind.It freed up 15
minutes a day for me. I don't miss requests from friends for hay for their
unicorns in their mindless game.I discovered that Facebook is NOT an
open political forum. People are more than willing to embrace a PC position but
not so willing to put their name to an underdog cause.I do miss the
photos of my babies, but there is always e-mail.And knowing that
Facebook survives by selling your information to the NSA and corporations,
I'm glad I turned it off.
Amen! Great job Jason.
Hopefully Facebook just goes away.
The beautiful thing about Facebook is that, rather than publicly judging and
mocking what interests your friends, or what they think might interest their
friends, you can click the little "do not show" button.When
people write these Facebook post moral superiority diatribes, they probably
don't realize that THEIR friends may not care about the new deck just built
and would rather hear about the amazing soup just ordered.
A code of conduct. !. watch what you say.2. Don't take what any
one said to heart or personally. 3. Never assume anything.4. Always
do your best.