Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Same Ole, Same Ole

one of the things i detest about facebook (yes, there are quite a number, actually) is the fact that people tend to think they know a lot about you and those close to you. all from mere pictures and statements and tags and comments.

a comment is merely that, a comment. it doesnt potray one as a whole. it doesnt show what one is like. its just a reaction to something posted on facebook, at that particular time, at one particular moment. yet with that particular comment, some people have the power to create a picture of you, usually a creation made up of assumptions - oh she said this, she must be like this. when its directed to me, i usually ignore it. when its on my page, i usually delete it. seriously, you dont have to create a mini me in your mind, save that small space in your mind for something else.

what irks me till kingdom come is when they start to shift that assumption to my children. oh that touches many, many nerves. puh-lease do not go there. one simple picture posted attacts comments like - ehhhh, he must be like this, oh i know he's like that. from a picture? and why exactly arent you a nobel prize winner again?

another still picture posted gets replies like - eh, he's so cool like so and so. errr hello brainiac, its a STILL picture. which particular pixel oozes coolness, tell me? i mean, for crying out loud, some of those that comment dont even know how my boys look outside the virtual world, let alone know their names, but oh the assumptions and the comments.

another is, oooohhh just like my son, when a picture of one of the boys playing with a toy car is posted. righhht...and your son is like the one and only child in the whole wide world that plays with a toy car? i mean, its a picture with no accompanying statement, with no explanation of what the boy is doing, comes a comment like 'oh my son does that too'...does what? he's just sitting there playing with a toy car. and majority of boys do what then, if not play with a toy car?

can pictures like these say anything about the boys?

or these?

or these even?

seriously, get over it. you dont know them, they can walk right up to your bloody noses and you still wouldnt know them. so quit with the cheap comments like you've got a window into our lives.

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