I’ve become annoyed by the “social media police.”
The social media police are the self-declared moderators of what people are and are not supposed to do on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
You’ve probably all seen links like this:
Basically, these people are advocating that everyone stop using Facebook. Or maybe they just want their friends to ask for their explicit approval before posting anything.
I’ve got news for these people: You may criticize what other people are posting on social media sites, but I can almost guarantee that somewhere out there, someone isn’t especially fond of something you’ve posted either.
Note: This obviously doesn’t apply to me. Everything I post is pure gold, and if you’ve ever rolled your eyes or shaken your head, that’s probably because you were just too dimwitted to understand my brilliance.
It seems that much of the social media ire is directed at parents. In fact, there’s an entire blog dedicated to it.
I’ll admit that some of the submissions are funny. But as a whole, I’m not really a fan. The while site reeks of social media policing and “holier than thou” Facebooking. (I was trying to come up with a fun term to describe this, like “Facebookier than thou” but it really didn’t work. Sorry.)
Yeah, parents – myself included – post a lot of pictures of their kids. You know why? Because kids are generally the most important thing in our lives. Isn’t social media supposed to be for sharing things that are important to us? It’s not supposed to be only targeted ads and clickbait, is it?
If you don’t like it, I’ll offer the same advice I gave to people who complained about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Quickly scroll down the screen or hide the status. Problem solved!
The STFU Parents blog’s harshest ire is reserved for those parents who “statusjack.” They take current events or other people’s news and turn it around to make it about them or their kids.
Apparently, the author doesn’t seem to understand the point of Facebook. If people didn’t share their personal opinions and feelings, then Facebook would be no different from any ordinary news site. (With more ads!) I go to Facebook so see what my friends are up to, and also to see their opinions.
If I wanted to read about the current events of the day with no personal slant or opinion, I would go to FoxNews.com.
OK, I’m obviously kidding about that. But I would totally go to a real news site.
A recent post on the blog takes offense at parents writing happy things the day the Darren Wilson verdict was handed down. Apparently, the author was really upset that some parents were able to find some joy on a sad day and share it with others.
That takes some nerve! How could these parents actually experience joy at a time like this? For a parent to look at her child and feel joy in the midst of tragedy is obviously the sign of an insensitive self-absorbed idiot.
Sure, there has been a lot of sadness in Ferguson. Just as there was a lot of sadness after Sandy Hook and the Boston bombings. But were we all supposed to just stop functioning? This post sure seems to think so.
Here’s the thing: Every day is a bad day for a lot of people. I imagine that there are hundreds of people who are having a really bad day. Many of those people have endured some sort of tragedy that has made today one of the worst days of their lives.
Does that mean that the world should stop turning? Are we supposed to never be happy because someone is enduring a tragedy?
The world can be a sad place. Sometimes we’ve got to take a step away and enjoy the good parts. At the very least, we shouldn’t begrudge others their right to do so.
So the next time you feel like criticizing someone’s post, maybe you should take a step back and ask yourself: Am I the one who needs to STFU?