How much is too much detail to share in Facebook?
Earlier tonight, one of Jason's high school friends posted the following for her status update:
I just found out that my husband (FULL NAME HERE) of 20 yrs. has been cheating on me with an (NAME HERE). Needless to say things are going to change for them REALLY SOON! I'll handle this through the courts & they'll be sorry. He left me (blonde, blue-eyed, beautiful, size 2) for (NAME HERE AGAIN)=short, FAT, ugly, home wrecker. Just saying!
Now, I don't know about you, but that sort of thing definitely catches my attention. (Or, in this case, Jason's attention, whereupon he shared with me.) I feel really, truly horrible for this woman. It's awful and I would imagine that she is in a whole lot of pain. I am curious, though, how often this sort of thing happens.
My friends' status updates are pretty mundane. There are a handful of people who post the "please give me attention" posts; you know, the ones that are worded in such a way that you are supposed to ask what is wrong. Vaguely annoying but we're all entitled to a little drama in our life. No harm, no foul, in my opinion. I find the political posts to be the most annoying and my friends do post a ton of those! I don't think I've seen anything like the one Jason found tonight though. I guess I have boring friends. (No offense, guys! I mean that in the best, nicest possible way.)
I know myself, and I do have a vindictive streak. (Very, very few people have ever seen it. It takes a massive hurt to get me to that point.) It's possible, I guess, that I could do something like that. I don't think I would, though. Not for Jason's sake, but for the sake of our mutual friends. How awkward would things be for them? You know they have to have mutual friends if they've been married for 20 years. I try to put myself into their shoes and I just can't even imagine. What do you say? And to whom do you say it?
What's the craziest story you've dealt with on Facebook or MySpace? What do you think you would do in a situation like this? From any of the angles! There's a lot of talk about social media and the pitfalls associated with it; what is your opinion?