Social Media Sins

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So you’re thrilled over your massive ‘following’ and ‘friends’ on your chosen social media networking platform. And letting them pals know what’s on your mind, what you’re experiencing, where and with whom every minute of the day is just the ultimate use of social media, right? Hmmm… What if you’re doing it wrong? What if you’re just spamming everyone’s news feed all the time? Here’s a few common activities to stay away from.

Unforgivable Sin #1:
Having an altercation with your boyfriend / girlfriend on each others walls or status and suddenly list yourself as ‘single’ in 10 seconds flat. Then list yourself as ‘in a relationship’ after the kiss and make up – I have no words for this. Really. If people wanted to be bombarded with such nonsense, they’d watch a soapie.

Unforgivable Sin #2:
‘Happy Birthday Mom!’ ‘Happy Birthday Dad!’ when your parents aren’t even online. Their online profiles don’t even exist. If you’re so excited and happy over your parent/s birthday and can’t help but show it, it’s understandable. It’s just the message that isn’t. Wishing them a happy birthday on your status that they will never see is like lighting a candle in broad daylight = useless.

Unforgivable Sin #3:
Cursing and swearing at someone you’re in school with or work with is one of the most immature things I’ve seen. Foul language are for those who lack a complete and fully functioning lexicon. Grow up. Or grow some etiquette.

Unforgivable Sin #4:
Posting every single photograph taken during your city break or holiday in the hope of showing everybody what a fun time you’re having. Get this straight: fun times are times when you’re having so much of fun offline, you don’t have the time to immediately share the fun times online. Period.

Unforgivable Sin #5:
Being overly emotional. This includes how you feel after a break up (refer to Unforgivable Sin #1), how much you love your partner or vice versa, how your ‘best friend’ stabbed you in the back, how much you ‘hate’ your parents for not giving you permission to do something you really want to, and the list goes on. The point is: be rational. Sound rational. Don’t bore people with your temporary outbursts. Come now, where’s the fun in that?

Unforgivable Sin #6: Updating your status no less than twice a day (yeah, twice) can be a pain. Whether you’re quoting Gandhi or Martin Luther King, a status or two a day is enough. (Unless it’s a funeral message – that’s an exception). Personally, I’ve blocked people from my news feed who update their status too often within 24 hours. It irritates. Give your account a break. Log off. Breathe.

These are the sins that come to mind at the moment. There are more, but they are a little more tolerable and forgivable. Do you know of any activities online that simply bother you enough to call it a sin? Let me know, I’d love to hear 😉

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11 Responses

  1. J

    Don’t forget about the people that put up sublime/vague status updates in the hopes that it will garner interest and attention in general via comments (“oh what happened?”), and especially from parties that may have been mentioned in said update!

  2. YellowCable

    You have a good way of looking at this. I like the sins you posted. I could not agreed more on the #3. Using foul language to repress anger against someone online is really rude.

  3. journeyman1977

    I’m guilty of sin #3. But not on fb or anything silly like that. But on my blog. I do admit that it’s crass and unbecoming but I guess that’s me. As long as it doesn’t hurt or offend the sensitivities of everyone and those who willingly visit it know what they’re getting into. Enjoyed the post.

  4. C.

    I just don’t understand people who update their status and like it themselves. Some people even like their own profile pictures!!!
    Nice post btw.

    • Saajida

      Ah yes, that’s another thing I’ve noticed before! I also couldn’t understand the logic behind that move.
      Thank you 🙂

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