Friday, January 14, 2011

Why it isn't okay to post that your pregnant on Facebook (I mean, unless your really are pregnant)

For the longest time I've wanted to try just one social experiment: Post the following status, "I guess it's time I've informed the Facebook world that I'm expecting."

This is something I've wanted to do for more than 9 months, which should tell you that no, I am not pregnant and have never been. That being said, I don't plan on getting pregnant either (not anytime soon, anyway).

So you may be wondering why exactly I would want to do this... Well the truth is, Facebook fascinates me because of all of the drama it creates. Therefore, for my own amusement, I would love to see people freak out if I announced that. I would be receiving text messages out the wazoo, so would my family, and I can pretty much bet my boyfriend would as well. For me, it would be generally amusing to see how many people would react so seriously to a stupid post on Facebook. To others this may just seem like a way to generate attention, which is understandable, but really I my only purpose would to see how seriously people really take Facebook.

But, I can't/would never do that and there are a few reasons why.

Whether I like it or not (and I don't really) Facebook is taken so seriously. People really believe the stuff posted on Facebook, to a point that it even causes stress. Just think, 10 years ago Facebook didn't even exist, and now it runs our lives.

Being pregnant is obviously not something to joke about, anyway. When I told my mom I was going to do that just for sh*ts and giggles she got this terrified look on her face and quietly said, "Monica, please don't do that." My sister said, "I know someone that did that once and honestly, it is NOT worth it."

Obviously, I understand why. I wouldn't be writing this if I didn't. I just find it so fascinating how seriously a post can be taken on Facebook. So many people in our culture claim "they don't trust anyone", but if that's the case, than why do Facebook statuses provide complete truth?

So in the midst of everyone's panic about Zodiac signs last night, I posted that I was worried about my Sagittarius tattoo and what I would do about it now. This is a false statement. I hate tattoos. Even so, people so close to me (one being my boyfriend) contacted me to see if I really had a tattoo that I wasn't telling anyone about. WHAT?! lol, half of these people know me better than anyone!

So it just raises some questions... Why is Facebook taken so literally? Why do we get so serious about it?

All I know is that in my own hindsight, I would probably cause a lot of chaos and turmoil, maybe even pain, by posting I'm pregnant... So I guess I better stick to my favorite policy -- even on Facebook -- the truth. I guess my only advice is to not post you are pregnant on Facebook, unless, of course, you really are -- then it's okay :)