Even if Emily Post hasn’t quite got round to adding a chapter on it, there are unspoken rules to social media. They boil down to Wil Wheaton’s motto: “Don’t be a dick.”
Here are a few:
2. Don’t start comment wars over something irrelevant.
3. Don’t invite me to play Candy Crush.
4. And definitely don’t invite me to your friend’s nephew’s private school fundraiser.
5. Don’t trick yourself into believing passive-aggressive comments somehow give you depth.
6. Don’t carry on conversations that really should be private in a place where they clog up a feed.
7. And definitely, DEFINITELY don’t bring up non-work-related Facebook information in a crowded workplace environment.
That is what Facebook has become. It is no longer that small enclave of the internet where you can connect with new genuine friends and reconnect with old genuine friends. That now seems to be Tumblr. Is is no longer that place where you can expose your immense wit and intelligence (or lack thereof) through the sheer power of typing then pressing enter. That is now Twitter.
Facebook is now the place where we try to put our best selves. It’s so carefully curated that to expect a Facebook page to be an accurate representation of a person is to expect the Louvre to be an accurate representation of history. No one’s life is as awesome as they make it seem. They’ve edited out the long, boring nights they spend watching television.