Think Before You Post

It’s easy to do. We get caught up in the passion of a moment and turn to Facebook to rant. These rants relieve stress, letting us feel better about the drama or shortcomings in our lives. Once we post, we instantly feel better about sharing with friends and commiserating about troubles. However, although therapeutic, turning to Facebook in a moment of intense emotion is probably the worst thing we can do.

Facebook serves as a constant and public log of millions of twenty-somethings. Remember those old prom pictures? Or our embarrassing statuses as 15 year olds? Yup, Facebook has them. All we have to do is click on a specific year on our timeline. In a few seconds, we can see exactly what we posted over the last five or more years. In many cases though, our interests or opinions have changed and what we posted then we would never post now. 

Unfortunately for us, Facebook doesn’t always delete what we ask it to. It has been revealed that Facebook archives old photos and messages. That means if people have the direct URL for a photo we deleted, they can access it whenever they’d like. In many cases, it’s hard to take back what we post online.

So how do we handle our daily drama without the temptation of a tweet or Facebook status? Follow the guidelines below to keep your rants from becoming public.

  • Take a deep breath. Before going to social media, take some time for yourself. Is what happened the end of the world? Or is it just a nuisance? Most emotions subside if you’re given time to reflect.
  • Write it down on a sheet of paper. It’s helpful to blow off steam, but don’t do it in a public environment where all 600 of your Facebook friends can see. Write down your feelings in a journal. No need to censor yourself there! Best of all, it can be thrown out, unlike a public Facebook status.
  • Call a friend. Talking to others will help relieve your stress. Don’t bottle up your emotions. Talk them through with a few people. You’ll find that you’ll feel better after you hang up the phone.
  • Clean up past posts. Odds are you posted a few dramatic statuses in the past. Go ahead and clean them up now. It’ll give you a blank slate going forward.
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