Facebook Break-Ups and Hangs Up
Blog, Blog: Walter Lopez // Vlog: Donny Lumpkins and Eming Piansay
Mar 18, 2010
Have you ever come across instances you wish you could avoid on Facebook—awkward arguments, snide slanders, or insidious insults? Have you ever been at the heart of these scenarios?
A troubling trend in the Facebook community is the lack of censorship when it comes to posting our emotions online. Not everyone over-posts online about their arguments and hissy-fits, but the younger generation of Facebookers—people in their teens and in their late 20’s—certainly do.
Young people resort to the Internet because sometimes it's easier to say things online than say them face-to-face. The internet is a good medium to channel our emotions.
The good that comes from the over-plastering peoples’ quarrels online is that we see different ends of the spectrum; we essentially see two conflicting points of view via arguments that happen on social networks online because we can see how people communicate back and forth online.
The drawbacks of expressing our feelings via text, instant message, and Facebook are becoming more apparent these days.
In the past, I've fallen victim to my emotions and said more than I should have on Facebook. It happens. I have posted about problems with ex-girlfriends, arguments with friends, and general mishaps in life. I rarely benefited from posting information about my emotions and life experiences online. Instead, I was the butt-end of jokes, even though it was all in good fun. I learned to express myself in a more private manner, whether that means a journal or sketchbook.