There's been so many threads lately about Facebook bragging and it's got me thinking about a few things.
Wheres the line between bragging and sharing something that you're excited about?
Why do so many people complain about showing off instead of just being happy for their friends? Is it really that hard to be happy that someone else has good news?
Do people really expect their friends to censor their posts just in case it's considered offensive?
Obviously there are exceptions - I wouldn't expect a friend going through IVF to be over the moon about pregnancy updates for example. But for the most part, why so much negativity?
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15-08-2013 09:02 #1Senior Member
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Facebook bragging vs just plain sharing
15-08-2013 09:04 #2
Ah, some people just can't be happy for others
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15-08-2013 09:08 #3Senior Member
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I think in general (like you said, there are definitely some exceptions. I hated pregnancy posts after we'd lost our babies but that's my issue, not someone elses!) sharing on facebook is fine!
Parents are proud of their kids, and are going to want to share their achievements, and facebook is the easiest tool to share with friends/family around the world. I personally love when my friends post things about their kids. A lot of them I don't get to see that often due to distance, so hearing about when they crawl, walk etc is awesome
I post about my DD a lot. She's the most important person in my life and also really important to a lot of other people (first grandchild, neice, one circle of friends no one else has kids etc) so they love hearing it too. I post when she does cute things, clever things but I also mention when she's a little sh!t too haha.
I don't see the big issue with it. If it upsets people so much, then they should probably get off facebook or block/delete half their friends.
Edited to say that a lot of people read proud as bragging too. Most people I know are just so excited to share what their kid does, some people might read it as bragging when it's really not, it's just a proud parent moment.
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As my signature says.."be who you are and say what you feel because those matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter"
15-08-2013 09:13 #5
I post alot about my daughter, mostly just photos of her being cute or if she's wearing an outfit or playing with a toy for the first time that a friend or family member has given her. She's my whole world, so if people want to be my friend, my daughter comes with me. I don't complain about my friends who have horses or love cars posting photos or statuses about them, so I don't see why photos or statuses about a baby / child are so offensive. I do consider what I say though to be sensitive to those who might be having TTC difficulties, a hard time with their kids or who have lost a child.
15-08-2013 09:22 #6
It depends what it is. I've got one friend who's always bragging about what presents her boss bought her, how she found some designer shoes under her bed, how much money she spent at Boxing Day sales, selfies at exclusive restaurants/bars. I'm happy for her, bit it's all just superficial to me. She never puts up anything else. I don't get it.
15-08-2013 09:34 #7
I think it's maybe a jealousy thing for me but I hate when people dont share anything on fb then all of a sudden do daily posts because they are overseas travelling or bought a new car.
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15-08-2013 09:36 #8
There is no clear line. One person's sharing is another person's bragging.
Mega extreme sharing aside of course but I've personally never had that. But I am quite picky about my FB friends!
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15-08-2013 09:38 #9
I think some people can be a little OTT about certain things. I have 1 friend who's daughter is the next einstein if what she says is anything to go by- even when the child does something wrong- it's because she wasn't stimulated or something. I have a couple of friends who are forever at the gym and posting their pb's or whatever.
If a post annoys me, I bypass it. The annoyance is on my end and I don't get so hung up on it that it stews on me. I have a bit of an eye roll as I would if my sister started telling me all about how the cat is the next physic. I'm sure I probably get like this about certain topics as well.
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