Facebook has made it easy to keep up with old friends and let folks know what’s going on in your world, and in some cases, that second part comes a little too easily. While Facebook is a great way to share big news or plan events, a lot of the details in our lives is better kept private. In other words, just because you can press that “share” button doesn’t mean you should disclose every little detail of your day. Your friends may love you, but seeing every excruciating detail of your weekend fridge-cleaning adventures in their newsfeeds is a bit much. If you can’t keep that impulse in check, it may be time to put down your mobile phone and step away from the Facebook account. After all, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery.
#5: A status update is meant to be a quick, often witty, comment letting your friends know what’s currently going on. It’s not supposed be a constant stream of consciousness every 5 minutes. Changing that status a couple times a day makes sense. After all, it’s easy to jump on Facebook, browse your newsfeed, put in your two cents and jump off. Stick to one comment summing up the entire experience you want to convey. That way, your friends will look forward to your updates instead of rolling their eyes when your name pops up… again.
#4: You’re proud that you survived some horrific injury and the subsequent medical procedure to fix it. We’re glad to hear you’re okay. However, we’re not too thrilled to see the photos and/or in-depth description of your emergency room visit, 20 stitches, a lot of bloody bandages and a 4-inch long nail to keep as a souvenir. Just don’t force the images on your friends.
#3: Over sharing isn’t the only symptom of a Facebook addiction. Signs of obsession are also evident when you pick completely inappropriate times to update your page. One big Facebook faux pas is updating while driving. “Haha, I just passed a 15 mph sign and I’m going 45. Oops! Hey, are those lights?” … “Just got a ticket. So much for weekend plans. Looks like I’ll be stuck in traffic school.” Translation: You’re not only speeding, but you’re commenting on your horrible driving online in real time — while behind the wheel. Also illegal in our great state.
#2: Getting to share big news with friends you would have otherwise lost touch with is one of Facebook’s big perks. It may be the only way old friends from elementary school find out you’re getting married, having a kid or just landed your dream job. However, it shouldn’t be the way your parents, siblings or best friends find out that news. Could you imagine finding out your brother is engaged thanks to a Facebook relationship update? Or broadcasting to the world you’re pregnant before you tell your parents they’re going to have a grandchild? Not cool.
#1: While keeping in touch with friends is great on Facebook, there’s always one better way to keep in touch: real life. Unless, of course, you live in a different state or country. Sure, it’s tough to schedule time to grab lunch with every single friend you have. But when those opportunities do come along, savor them. Spend that time talking and sharing a few moments together. Don’t spend it glancing at your phone every few minutes to check the Facebook newsfeed. Real friends before Facebook friends.