Things You Need to Stop Doing On the Internet Part III: Airing Dirty Laundry

“Dirty laundry”, you see? To fit the theme of this week? Don’t fault us for inconsistency, that’s for sure.

This one’s going to be short and sweet today, because when it comes to airing dirty laundry over the public arenas of the internet, stop it.

Don’t update your status with it. Don’t tweet it. Don’t blog it.  Just don’t.

How am I defining dirty laundry? Anything that’s personal and generally negative in its nature.  The internet is not therapy and it’s not your journal.  There’s already therapy and journals for that.
I think it’s a good trait to be willing to talk about these things, I do. But do your best to talk  in person or over the phone with the people who love you and know you best.

And if that’s not an option at the moment? And the internet is there, and you want to feel better right away?

Don’t know if you’re aware, but there is a LOT on the internet that can help you put things in perspective, or maybe just take your mind off of what’s bothering you. Watch an inspiring video. Win an eBay auction. Anonymously send someone pizza. Read this hilarious and brilliant post about life giving you lemons. Brush up on your small talk by reading a few strange and intriguing Wikipedia pages.  Take a Google Street View stroll through Rome. We’re not even scratching the surface of the surface here.

I don’t know, this one feels like I’m being a little too redundant and condescending.  You probably don’t do this, and good for you.  Maybe a discussion needs to be had about how to respond to others when they choose to over share?  Do we ignore? (That’s what I do, truthfully.) Do we try to help? Do we link this post? (Subtle. So subtle.) I’m interested to hear your thoughts, mes amis.

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