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Facebook is not your therapist

November 11, 2010

I think like a lot of us who use social media professionally or personally are growing tired of the mass of people who aren’t putting a unique thought out there. Their thought is the last thought they just read. But what really amazes me are the people using Facebook for therapy sessions. Therapy sessions for one.

I don’t mean to be insensitive here. Some people use these channels as a way to easily and efficiently reach out to friends, family, and colleagues when a true issue arises. This honestly is the power behind social media. And one I see great value in. I am talking more about the one-off, random, sad, depressed, and “woe is me” people who really don’t need your prayers, thoughts, or “sending you a hug” icon. Really? Here, I am sending you a “forearm shiver” right back.

This is what I am talking about, “Today is the day I do it. Be with me.” Ok, for what? Are you putting down the dog? Is the dog not even sick? Is it not your dog? Ok, that’s newsworthy and worth sharing. Or how about, “I wish I could turn back time.” I think Cher sang a song about that. Is that what you are referencing? Or maybe you didn’t see my post about the mayonnaise recall? And last but not least the motivational saying person. “If you focus on what you want, you can have it. If you focus on what you have, you can want it.” What the…did you READ your post? And sure enough someone clicks “like.”

Is anyone else tired of this? If so, please let me know. I have this terrible pain…

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2 comments

  1. You know I feel this way. I actually take screenshots of some of the more ridiculous ones. Seriously.

    I touched on this a while ago in one of my blog posts — called it “Facebook High School”. My faint hope was that some of the “woe is me” crowd would read it and think to themselves, “Man, I’m pathetic, I need to get with it.”

    What I realize now is that everyone thinks they’re not the woe is me/pray for me/I’m pathetic person. Or maybe, their consider their own drama to be so important that it’s OK for them to do it because people “actually” care about them.

    Anyway, here’s my take on a similar topic:

    http://jefftzucker.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/facebook-high-school/


    • TZ, love the post, especially the part about “What you put out there isn’t just who you are, it’s what everyone around you has to deal with.” So true.



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