You were feeling pretty rough last night, maybe even crying and flipping out. You’re boyfriend/girlfriend/friend/lover-of-an-undefined-nature didn’t text you or call you back in the time you desired. You were upset and worried and scared and feeling pretty darn vulnerable. You didn’t feel like calling your friend or the person with whom you were upset. You logged onto facebook and even started to type a vague and depressing facebook status about trust or love or something else that is stupid.
You resisted. You didn’t post it after all. Congratulations! You just might be a grown up.
I’m proud of you. We’re all proud of you. So many of our peers (who are far out of high school) post dramatic status updates with vague cries for
help attention. We want to thank you for saying, “NO,” to the absurdity of reaching out to people on facebook. Facebook is a place for vacation pictures, party invitations, birthday wishes, and advertising one’s blog (ahem). Facebook is not a place to publicly display all your personal information.
Examples of Good Behavior:
“One time, I felt fat. I thought about asking all my facebook friends what they thought of my body, but then I realized that would make me an asshole. Instead, I stared at pictures of models and cried. Then, I went for a run. Then, I realized that a size 8 isn’t fat.”
“One time I got a little scared because my lady-pains were not arriving on time. Did I go to facebook and tell the world that I was freaking out because a little person might have been growing in me? NO. I hunkered down, swallowed my fear, and wrote a damn poem. Then, I got my … monthly gift and realized I was being stupid. No one ever had to know.”
“When my boyfriend cheated on me, I was pissed. I wanted to tell everyone. Then, I realized that would make me look petty and would air my dirty laundry for everyone I went to high school with and my distant relatives. Instead, I made an OKCupid profile and now I’m dating a really great girl. Booya.”
Examples of Bad Behavior:
Example: “No one loves me.” – And now, no one likes you either.
Example: (see below)
Well played, Adam. Well played.