I'm in a bit of a quandary about my usage of social media at the moment, so I'm wondering what others think about this?
Do you just post whatever interests you on social media? Or do you 'tone it down' so your 'friends' don't become annoyed or offended?
I'm usually a firm adherer to the rule that your blog, your Facebook page etc. is YOUR chunk of cyberspace, and how you express yourself is up to you. I'm not advocating ungodliness here, rather that if you want to post one hundred photos of your cat, or share articles about gun control, or funny memes, then it's YOUR page to do it on. If someone doesn't like it....well....they need to suck it up.
But lately I've noticed that the trend to unfriend over the slightest thing is growing. People being unfriended because they post too many photos of their kids, or are honest about their fight against depression, pose for too many selfies, are too political, share too much about their weight loss journey. It's not only a difference of opinion that's causing the unfriending, but a difference of interests. I'm sick of the way you post about motorbikes all the time, so I'm ending the online friendship.
As much as people might say unfriending is 'not personal', it IS personal. It is a rejection in some way, and sometimes over the pettiest of reasons. So many people seem determined to only have a friends list who affirms their opinions and shares every interest.
I don't want to post deeply sordid things, but I do want to share articles and quotes that I am passionate about. I don't want other mums to feel like they're the only ones struggling. But I've been a victim of unfriending because people simply don't like what I post. These aren't people I don't see anymore; these people I see regularly.
I don't want to bow to people pleasing, but if the whole point of social media is to be social, should we care what others think, to an extent?
So, has someone's rejection of your online presence made you reconsider what you post?
Or do you continue to post what you want, saying it's my way or the highway?