Sometimes people get upset and bent out of shape over posts on Facebook – sometimes for good reasons, and sometimes for reasons not so good. There are times when you laugh with people on Facebook and times when you want to wring their necks. If you choose to be a part of social media, you will experience both. Why? It is simple. Facebook is people being people, and if you can’t accept that, you have no business being on Facebook.
At the end of the day, there is one given with social media – people will post just about anything for just about any reason. That means the odds are excellent you can find something to offend you if you look hard enough, or you are in the right frame of mind to be offended. There are offenses to meet every taste on Facebook from really rotten truly offensive stuff to petty, silly, downright ridiculous stuff. At times, people even get their panties in a wad over innocent things that were never intended to offend anyone, but what is sad is when the offended person refuses to let it go regardless how many apologies are forth coming.
Please, let me repeat! Facebook is people being people, and if you can’t accept that, you have no business being on Facebook. People post for a variety of reasons, and other than holding a stinky rotten cheese stick to their head, there is little anyone can do about it. If a person owns a computer, tablet, or smart phone, with a Facebook app, they can post whatever they please. If it offends, you can laugh it off, you can ignore it, you can lash out, you can hold a grudge, you can act like a blooming idiot and make a fool of yourself, you can offend them back, you can dig up dirty laundry you know about the offender and post it, or you can unfriend the offender, but that is about all you can do. As of now, offending someone – intentionally or unintentionally – is not punishable by prison time or the death chamber, so move on – let it go, especially if the offending person offers an apology. Remember, Facebook is people being people, so accept it, or go do something more constructive with your time like read a book.
People being People on Facebook:
- People who post to witness and share their religious status;
- People who post because they are lonely and seek human contact;
- People who post to be funny or humorous (at least they try);
- People who post to share something that makes them happy or excited;
- People who post to affirm their existence;
- People who post to share a political or social view or rant;
- People who post because they are on Facebook and don’t want to be perceived as lurking in the background;
- People who post to provoke a rise out of people or get their goat;
- People who post to Facebook as a family scrap book;
- People who post because it is easier to post to Facebook than actually talk to people;
- People who post because they like noise of any kind in their lives;
- People who post because they don’t have a life;
- People who post because deep down they really like people and like being around them;
- People who post on Facebook because they have a short attention span and cannot read or write anything beyond a handful of sentences;
- People who post because Facebook is the only family they have;
- People who post to share their pity party;
- People who post to keep up with friends;
- People who post because it gives them a sense of being somebody;
- People who post to simply inform; and
- People who post because they can.
Facebook is people being people!
©Jack Linton, April 27, 2017