– propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance
decency, form, propriety
impropriety, indecency, indecorum
Decorum. It’s a nice word to know, isn’t it? Unfortunately though, many of us unknowingly tend to wipe this word out of our mind’s dictionary when we log on to our favorite social networking site. We forget about simple stuff like propriety, keeping things in good taste, and not going overboard with our bragging.
Bragging, yes. That is exactly what is causing our undoing. Wish to review your social networking mannerisms? Here’s a list.
What You Should Not Reveal on Social Networking Sites
…That You’re Desperate in Matters of the Heart
Okay, you don’t get to own the person after a blind date/first date. Hell, you don’t own people even if you’re married to them! So please, curb your enthusiasm and respect their privacy. Do not put up pictures of fresh acquaintances and file them under the category of true love.
Honey, for all you know, your Georgie may be a much-married, father-of-three!
…That You’re a Fake Son of the Soil
Aw, you poor thing! Been slaving on your fake-farm all day long, haven’t you? Just post your efforts on to your social networking page, and you’ll know just how much people care.
Do they???? Do they??????
…That You’re an Incorrigible Attention Seeker
“I’m a bully!”
“I’m a misogynist!”
Whatever your pet peeves may be, don’t take them too far so as to be classified as an extremist. Yes, people of some nationalities may bother you. Sure, you may have a problem with someone’s sexual orientation. Of course, you may feel that a certain religion should be wiped out of existence. But seriously, is anyone asking you about this? No. Does your opinion on any of the above matter? No. So, stop being the bum who bums out all the fun of social networking, and lends it a bad name. And while you’re at it, get rid of that silly, fake smile of yours.
…That You Really are What You Eat
But seriously, no one wants to know. Unless it’s a meal at Maxim’s. With George Clooney.
…That You’re Fishing for Danger
Seems like a harmless and insignificant post, until a stalker/pervert/revenge-seeking ex chances upon it, and decides to actually join you. We think of our social network profile as secure and cocooned, but you’d be surprised to know how many friend’s friend’s friends you don’t really know, are watching you. Being safe is really easy, especially when the only other option is to be sorry.
…That You’re Just So Very Careless
Man has a plush job that pays exceedingly well. But man gets no time for a vacation. Too busy, he says. One day, his friends insist. Man fakes the flu and takes a long leave. Goes to Ibiza. Enjoys the Iberian sunshine. Gets his picture taken alongside Paris Hilton. Uploads it instantly. And makes sure that the whole world (which includes his boss) knows.
Don’t we all know what happens next?
…That You’re Sick, Not Lovesick
…That You Love Digging Your Own Grave
…That You’re Simply Unbelievable
…That You’re Trying to be Subtle, But Showing off
…That You Love Playing With Fire
…That You’re a Super-Duper-Whooper Parent
The whole world knows how your kid is the best kid in the known and unknown universe. Your creation is the symbol of perfection with a cherubic face, the cho-chweet antics, the toothless smile, and yes, those cutesy outfits that you dress him/her up in. But please don’t constantly show us how you potty trained your angels in 3 days, or them with a runny nose, or them performing any bodily function. No, please, it isn’t cute for the rest of the world. Pinky swear.
The rest of the world
…That You’re Above Cyber Thievery
…That You Update More than Adobe
7:15 am: In the shower…
8:00 am: Ready for work…
8:15 am: In the subway now…
8:45 am: At the Starbucks, next to my office right now…
9:05 am: At my work desk, computer’s booting…
As interestingly delightful your life seems, rest assured that the world is not keen on knowing how you spend every waking minute of your life. Be the bigger person here and show some mercy.
…That You’re Really and Truly Ill
…That You Love to Flaunt
…That You’re a Relentless Tag-ard
…That You’re a Wannabe Model
As addictive as it is, social networking gets to keep the crown of the undisputed social phenomenon of modern times. But it is up to us to ensure decorum by keeping our unrestrained enthusiasm in check.