The internet is a great place, isn’t it? You can learn just about anything with just the click of a mouse. And thanks to social media, you can join groups specific to your interests. How amazing to share a group with like-minded people who are all there for the same reason. You like cats? There’s a Facebook group for that. Your kid has food allergies? There’s a Facebook group for that. Looking to swap kids’ clothing with other moms in your neighborhood? We got you, boo. Literally anything you can think of, there’s a Facebook group waiting for you.
Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, it is — until it isn’t. You see, Facebook groups are only as awesome as their members. They can be an amazing resource, or an unhelpful irritant, and it all depends on what the members post within the group.
Here are 8 things people need to stop posting in Facebook groups ASAFP.
1. Posting about your personal crisis.
Listen, it’s tough all over, Ponyboy. Every single person in this group has personal issues, but you don’t see us dropping long, rambling posts about our troubles. I don’t care if your sister-in-law didn’t invite you to girl’s night out because one time in 1997 you dated her ex-boyfriend. Take that shit up with your therapist, not 632 strangers.
2. Posting pictures of your rash.
For the love of all things holy, if you have a medical concern, CALL. YOUR. DOCTOR. No one wants to see your rash, or hear about your complex set of symptoms. If your left butt cheek has been itching for a week straight, you need more than Linda Nottadoctor’s Facebook opinion. Trust.
3. Asking a question that has been asked a million times before.
I have four words for you—use the search bar. That’s right, you can type keywords into the group search bar and voila! – a list of pertinent responses appear before you. It’s like magic, except it’s just group etiquette 101.
4. Trash talking your significant other.
Whether you are in a Facebook group, our just congesting my newsfeed, bashing your partner is a HARD NO. What level of immaturity is it when you bash another person on social media? Isn’t that a major problem for our youth—online bullying? If you need to vent about your shitty husband, grab some vino and call your girlfriend like a normal person.
5. Posting graphic images of injuries.
Listen, I get it, as someone in the medical field, that’s super fascinating to me, but there are a whole lot of people out there who don’t want to know see your mangled appendages. Same goes for your child’s bloody gums, fresh stitches, and oozing wounds.
6. Hustling your MLM products at any time, in any way, for any reason.
Unless the group is an MLM group, there is zero reason you should be dropping comments about your “amazing products.” It’s 1,000% worse when you’re pretending it’s a solution to someone’s problem. Or an answer to their question. We all see what you’re doing, Linda, and you look thirsty AF.
“I can’t really say anything right now, but stay tuned…” If you can’t say anything, then DON’T. The only thing worse than a vague-booking post is the commenters who play right into the posters attention-seeking trap. “Everything okay?” “Thinking about you.” Eye rolls forever.
8. Posting highly controversial opinions that are unrelated to the group.
I don’t feel like I need to elaborate on this one. Posting anything controversial only serves to stir the pot and cause drama. Never in the history of the internet has someone switched views on a controversial topic because a post they saw on Facebook. Literally, never.
If it falls under any of the above categories, skip it. Want to be a good group member, only post things that are pertinent to the group, and maybe look around before you ask the same questions Linda posted two hours ago. It’s really that simple.