Facebook Is Not Your Diary, Quit Treating It Like One

Facebook Is Not Your Diary, Quit Treating It Like One

Every breath you take doesn't needed to be posted, tweeted, or snap chatted about

We all have those people on our Facebook and Twitter feeds- “Just cleaned the bathroom and all the windows in my friend’s aunt’s grandma’s house!” Or “Wow, I am already on my second cup of coffee this morning and it’s not even 9 a.m. yet!” Chances are a million other people are too, they’re just not posting about it. You get the point, social media can be great, as long as people follow what I like to call “posting etiquette”.

What exactly is “posting etiquette” you might ask? Well, considering I am the creator and police of this theory, I have some pretty strong regulations that I think everyone needs to hear.

Let’s start with Facebook. Facebook was created to allow people to share posts, pictures, recommendations, and to connect with other people, NOT to hear about Sally’s every day life in great detail as to when she went to the bathroom, how long she waited in line at Publix, that her 8-year-old son didn’t get in trouble at school today, and her diet is still failing. NO ONE CARES!! This makes people want to unfollow you or talk about you. The occasional funny post or pictures from a family vacation or major life updates is what Facebook should be used for, believe me, your followers will thank you.

I think we could all say that it is difficult to keep track of USB drives, camera film, and photo albums. The upside to posting pictures on social media is that they will always be there, in 50 years you can look back and see them, no worrying about losing pictures. While Facebook and Instagram can act as a great photo storing devices, let’s not forget that what you post, stays there forever.

I don’t think the younger generation understands that they shouldn’t post half naked pictures or drunk passed out party images. News flash, your future employer can see all of this! How embarrassing. I think everyone should remember this simple rule when posting pictures: If you wouldn’t want your grandma to see it, don’t bother posting it.

Next order of business is positivity. Nothing is worse than opening up Twitter and Facebook and seeing the same people day after day complaining about their “problems”. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all! We all go through stuff that we don’t like, chances are you just don’t hear about them. Don’t make everyone else drown in your sorrows with you. So we’re keeping it to happy thoughts, yummy recipes, and cute animal videos, got it?

Finally, if you’re one that puts their whole life on social media, have you thought about how much information about your life and family is out there? If you’re a frequent poster, I could easily search your name and learn you have four people in your family, one dog and two cats, where you work, what school your children attend, that you go to the same coffee shop every morning, and took a ‘lovely’ vacation to your in-laws last weekend. Pretty creepy, right?

Let’s keep it personal people, or at least make sure your privacy settings are in place if you’re going to document your life online.

Social media is not a diary for you to put your life online for. Let’s use our posting etiquette I schooled you on and make social media a better experience for everyone and something you won’t regret later down the road. If after reading this, you still feel the need for obnoxious posts, please ask for a diary or journal for Christmas and I am sure Santa will happily bring you one.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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