“Why Does SHE Put Everything out of Facebook??”
I hear this often from people that never have had to use Facebook to get to people, all the people that may need to know information about a change in a life’s circumstance.
Illness, Death, Change or “Situation”
Try changing your relationship status as an experiment. You may be surprised at how many people pay attention. Even if they don’t comment, they pay attention and you may see them in the grocery store and they ask about it. A friend of mine did that as an April Fool’s Joke and didn’t she cause a stir!
Extended Family, People You Work With
For the good and the bad when my Dad was dying last year, I threw it out on Facebook. Why? Quite simply because after long hours and stress of driving to see him, sitting with him, getting the news, for weeks on end, I was just too tired to tell all my relatives by phone or even by email what was going on, play by play. PLUS, I was losing my patience with those relatives that hadn’t been in my father’s life for years that all of a sudden felt entitled to every minute detail of what was happening with him. And in the end, it didn’t matter they never bothered to make the effort to show up to the funeral or send a card anyway. I was grateful for Facebook.
When I would show up at business meeting looking tired and sad, people had empathy and hugs, not smart comments or private whispers of judgment of what may or may not be happening in my life. I didn’t have to tell them, Facebook did it for me. OR if they didn’t see it on FB, then someone else did and there was another story I didn’t have to tell.
Double Edged Sword
A couple of weeks ago, I heard someone say, “I thought everything was ok, they didn’t say anything on Facebook about it.” So yeah, you have that too.