Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and update them on your lives. However, it is also a place that puts your whole life on the public internet. Anybody can see what you are up to, and can find out more about you. It can be used to your disadvantage. There are certain aspects of your life and events that happen that you really need to keep off social media or any public aspect of the internet. Here are six events to keep off social media from now on.
Your Most Private Moments
Keep anything private about your life away from the public eye. Your friends do not want to know what you get up to in the bedroom, and they do not need to know about your pillow talk. While there are some aspects you find funny, your friends may not. Your other half will not want your private life posted all over the public forums either.
If there are certain friends that you often share this sort of thing with, do it in private. There is a private messaging function on the majority of social media sites. But it could be best just to meet with your friends and just talk to them.
There’s no need to fight in public on social media. You can have a rant by all means, but keep the actual arguing and fighting with one another to private messages. While some will like to grab some popcorn to watch the arguing continue, they will also wonder about the type of person you are for arguing in this way. There could also be some things you have said on the public forums that you wanted to keep private.
Keep the fighting to private messaging if you have no other way to get in contact with people. Avoid the passive aggressive posts too. People don’t want to play guessing games about who you’re ranting about now. They will get bored, and you’ll start to lose your friends.
Your Most Crudest Thoughts
Keep your crude thoughts to yourself. Yes, you have them—so does everyone else—but that doesn’t mean they need to be shared. Not only does that let people into the way your mind works, it also shares some questionable content with younger people. While most social media is for 13 year olds or older, there are under-13s who use it. Do you really want them to read some of the things you write?
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But what about crude jokes? Well, this can depend. Do you usually go around telling crude jokes? If people are used to that sense of humor from you then certainly be yourself. You might want to limit the jokes as much as possible though.
Details of Your Love Life
You’re all loved up and you want people to know. That doesn’t mean you need to share every detail about it. Yes, tag your partner into your posts when you have a joint update to make, and share the funny, innocent thing he said at dinner. However, keep the rest of your relationship just for the two of you.
Your friends won’t be the only people who appreciate that. Your partner will appreciate it too. He/she may not want everything spread across the whole of a public forum, especially when it comes to embarrassing moments.
Your Diet and Exercise Regime
People don’t need to know the ins and outs of your diet or exercise pattern. They don’t need to know you’re going to the gym for the fourth time that day, or that you’re doing one of those dangerous crash diets.
Things like this make you look like you’re seeking attention. If you’re on a diet and you need to let people know for reunions or meeting for lunch, do it privately instead of telling the whole world!
But what about when you want to celebrate? Why not find a few Facebook groups or Google+ groups to share your weight loss journey with? There are plenty of likeminded people who want to hear just how much of a bad week you’ve had or to celebrate that 4lb weight loss this week. When it comes to meeting those milestones, like losing 50lbs or reaching goal, definitely share that publicly. You deserve it after all that hard work!
Your Drinking and Partying Antics
You’ve got a wedding coming up and want to share your excitement. That’s understandable and perfectly fine. However, you don’t need to share your drinking habits for the night or an update throughout to say how tipsy you are. You also don’t need to share all your partying habits every single night of the week!
Keep the updates to a minimum and just enjoy your time instead. Also, avoid sharing any photos of the bride and groom unless they ok it before hand. Most couples want to share their own photos first to make sure the first photo of their day is one that they love.
Think before you post. Social media has given people a platform for quickly getting their thoughts out, but people don’t want to see everything. Private information is still best left private. Follow the tips above for the events to keep off social media.
Do you know someone who constantly shares private information? Feel free to share this post with them—or others online—and help them know the things they need to keep private.
I'm Alexandria Ingham, and am a work at home mommy and full-time freelance writer. Writing has always been a passion from a young age, but it was only in 2009 that I decided to use it to make money online. Since then, I've managed to make a career out of it and don't regret it. While history and weight loss are two of my favorite topics, I love writing about absolutely anything and even have fictional pieces in the works.