the facebook status
I don't bitch about my bosses online, but once in a while I do post some reflections or share some interesting snippets from the industry and workplace onto Facebook. Sometimes these include things about bosses or coworkers, inevitably (no names have been mentioned though. And I can't possibly keep talking about how much I love my desk or how smelly the washroom is. Wait, maybe I can). And for the slightly more sensitive stuffs, I do limit via the security function on who can see those updates.
Apparently some colleagues whom I can't be bothered about (and thus, never even mentioned them on Facebook) have an issue with it (or rather, they have an opinion about it). One of them couldn't hold it anymore and told me that they find it inappropriate to post about work on Facebook. Perhaps they genuinely care about my career, or they find it unfair cos they couldn't garner the balls to write such things online. Whatever it is, it is an outright intervention of freedom of speech.
What I want to say is, whatever I say online, I dare to stand by it in real life. What my fingers type, my mouth will not hesitate to say again.
The ironic thing about some people is that they find it inappropriate to write about their work, but they find it perfectly natural to write about emotions. When I write about work, the worst is just me myself and I losing my job (unless I'm whistle-blowing); but when you write about emotions, you affect others, spoil their day and you risk losing them. Talk about consequences.
And I dare people who keep posting about emotions, are they as willing to talk about such stuff in real life? Or they think that by hiding behind the computer screen, people really don't see the face connecting to the name? (have you heard of the story of a boy covering his eyes and then goes shoplifting, cos he thought if he can't see the shopkeeper, the shopkeeper can't see him as well) I didn't study psychology and I really can't understand what do people want to achieve when they post about emotions. And those emotional quotes with girly pictures from god-knows-which great learned mind on this planet. A protest? Retaliation at someone whom they can't hurt in real life? Seeking attention? Asking for pity and sympathy?
I just think that if you don't dare to say the things in real life, then don't say it online. Period.