What I find really creepy about Facebook is the way it blurs the public and private spheres of our lives. The other day, I found myself flipping through a friend’s photo album of her newborn baby. Problem is, she’s not actually my friend– I met her once or twice in college. We’re not even friends on Facebook. I found the pictures in a mutual friend’s profile. So there I was, checking out intimate pictures of her in her hospital gown holding her brand spanking new-born baby, and it occurred to me that she probably wouldn’t even recognize me on the street. How creepy is that?
The only redeeming factor of the above story is that I fully realized how creepy it was that I could see this girl’s private pictures on Facebook, so I immediately upped all my privacy settings, deleted any information in my profile that I would not want my boss to read, and thoroughly edited my own picture albums.
But some people really don’t seem to understand the boundary between public and private these days, or the many dangers of crossing that boundary on a social networking site like Facebook. By that, I mean they WAY over-share the intimate details of their lives, probably not realizing that websites like Lamebook.com exist solely for the purpose of ridiculing them. For those of you unfamiliar with Lamebook, it’s a website that reposts the very best, worst and funniest of Facebook moments for our comedic enjoyment.
Thanks to Lamebook, I can now easily identify the four main types of Facebook users that really offend me with their rampant over-sharing.
Exhibit A: The Medical Over-sharer
Caitlin went from being “in a relationship” to “single.”
Caitlin: is lost and just got hit from left field…
Martha: I know you have had a rough day but wanted to let you know about grandpa bill. He is in the hospital. Has a bladder infection, is majorly constipated and has shingles. Also passed out/coded while trying to have a bowel movement to get the constipation cleared up. He is fine now but they are keeping him at least overnight. Meredith went home to stay with grandma. He should be ok in a couple days. Love you
Exhibit B: People who use their public Facebook wall to end a relationship.
Nick is no longer listed as “in a relationship.”
Anna-Marie: ohh when the f*ck did we break up. watever…
Tiffany went from being “married” to “single.”
Sean: Yea I just now noticed it… I havent gotten papers yet… oh well…
Amanda is in a relationship.
Sean: WOO HOO Congrats!
Mike: Just cause we had sex does not mean were dating.
Exhibit C: The personal details over-sharer.
Mikey became a fan of Itching Your Balls Through Your Pocket.
Exhibit D: The dumb, pregnant over-sharer.
Sarah: haha shit dalena when did that happen
Dalena: Bout 5 months ago after bingo 1 night me and my boyfriend got a lil freaky in da car and forgot protection so yeah lmao
Sarah: grrrrrrl you always were a lil freak hahaha
LMAO, for those of you who don’t know, means “Laughing my ass off.” Prego girl uses it twice in referring to her own state of pregnancy. I’m just speechless.