Have you ever been friends with or related to someone but started liking them a little less once you followed them and read or seen some of their posts? For some people, logging on to social media has become a part of their regular routine; whether it’s to kill time or keep up with people that they don’t communicate with. Whatever the reason for using it, surely, you’ve scrolled down your timeline on several occasions and noticed that friend or family member with the annoying posts and comments. Who knows…Maybe you’re the friend that people would prefer not to befriend on social media. Continue reading below for how to handle this tricky matter.
Let’s make one thing clear: being friends or family in real life by no means obligates you to hit the friend or follow button in the virtual world. There’s a time and a place for everything and sometimes social media isn’t the appropriate place for certain relationships. For instance, you may not want your grandmother to see the wild pictures of you on vacation or misinterpreting your post. Having to explain every single thing we do via social media outlets can become frustrating, after all we’re adults and want to be able to freely express ourselves as such.
You know that friend who feels the need to post every non-important activity in their lives, such as what toy their dog likes most or how many times they’ve eaten at Chipotle that week? Well, guess what? You can either choose to ignore it or unfollow them. If you think they’ll be upset then have a chat with them and give your reasoning. Then there’s the hypocritical friend or family member judging you over what you post as if they were some type of Saint and not guilty of some of those same things themselves. Oh, and how could we forget the “friend” who makes subliminal posts about you or a situation that you’re experiencing, yet they continue to claim it has nothing to do with you. Be advised, that person isn’t your real friend because that’s shady behavior and someone with your best interest at heart would discuss the issue with you directly and not publicly for everyone else to see or hear. Last but not least, there’s the person who portrays a totally different lifestyle from what you know them to have.
So, here’s the thing, if you don’t like what someone posts you don’t have to keep up with them on the internet, real life can be more than enough at times. The person should be mature enough to accept that maybe their posts aren’t your cup of tea without being petty, if not then reevaluate the friendship. Also, take time out to consider if it’s bothersome enough to even mention in the first place.
What do you think? Would it be easier to just scroll past as if you never saw it?