Facebook Updates Shouldn't Make Us Vomit
Dear Mouthy Housewives,
Why do people post disgusting pictures of their health maladies on Facebook? I'm not talking about "oh, I broke my arm, here it is in a cast" picture. I'm talking about the "I busted my head open and here it is in the ER, freshly stitched up" picture. Or, "I just passed a kidney stone, look at the size of this sucker picture. Eww!"
Is there any way to keep your FB manners yet tell these repeat offenders they're grossing everyone out?
No One Wants to See That
Dear No One Wants to See That,
I hear you! There you are innocently stalking your ex on Facebook and bam! You suddenly check out your news feed and have to endure photos of a nasty gash in your friend's leg. First of all, who knew knitting could be so dangerous. And second of all, gross.
Sharing injuries is an old tradition. If I even mention to my husband that I have a paper cut on my finger, I will have a call by noon from my mother-in-law to find out how my hand is healing. By 3 pm, I will have heard from an uncle and two cousins. And people always seem to be trying to one up each other when it comes to wounds. You had 36 stitches in your head? Well, last October, a tree frog fell on my face while I was driving which caused me to side swipe two minivans and I ended up with 41 stitches.
Facebook is just a new medium for all this health drama. You could block the person on Facebook but then you will also miss out on their cute Halloween photos. You could post your own battle wounds but that will probably just encourage a free-for-all. Or you could comment on the disgusting photos with something along the lines of, "Whoa, that is one revolting photo! Get better soon."
Or you can just ignore it. And take heart: We're all going to get sick of Facebook one of these days anyway.