Social Media isn't going anywhere--it's the new norm. How do I know this?My grandmother has a Facebook account! For the most part, I like social media! I really do. There are some awesomely wonderful things about Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but there are some aspects I could live without and I'm positively certain I'm not alone in my thinking. Right?
Last week, I read an article about wedding guests taking pics with their phones and ruining the photographer's photos due to guest's phone camera flashes. In the article, the PROFESSIONAL photographer hired by the bride and groom vented about phone camera use during the ceremony and ruining many of her shots. She called for an "unplugged wedding" asking for people in attendance to put away their phones and simply enjoy the wedding. Click HERE to read the article.
Social Media Pet Peeve: Sharing Other People's Life Moments Too Soon
Nearing the time of Joy's arrival, I was informed that there was a good chance I would be put to sleep during her delivery. Essentially that meant friends and family would probably see her precious face before I even laid eyes on the baby I'd carried in my womb for nine months. About a month before her arrival, I sent an email to the family members who would be present at the time of her birth and asked them to please refrain from texting pics or posting pics of her on Facebook (social media sites) before I gave the "okay". Does that sound silly? Is it so much to ask that I get to see my precious baby before "friends" of "friends" of "friends" of "friends" take a quick glance at her!?! People I don't even know!?! I think not!
Thankfully, I was awake during her delivery, but even so, my family honored my request and waited to post pics of her on social media sites until I gave the nod of approval.
Get this: A few pics of my new baby girl were texted (unbeknownst to me) and posted to FB by someone I barely know just seconds after my first FB update. WOW! *By the way, the premature text wasn't a malicious thing--it just happened.
I know of several other accounts of people sharing someone else's life moment and the outcomes have been so frustrating for the folks involved.
Why the rant? I guess I'm just a little overwhelmed with social media and wish folks could just sit back and enjoy life a little more--myself included.
Ask yourself: Is this my life moment to share with the world? In a world where everyone can know virtually anything about everything in a matter of minutes why not make those precious life moments sacred...if only for a little while.
Am I alone on this one? What are your social media pet peeves?