Sunday, December 5, 2010

Oops! I didn’t know I wasn’t allowed to disagree.

Every few months, I go through my Facebook friends list and delete a few people. I don’t do it because I don’t want to have anything to do with them. I do it because I want to save our relationship. I do it because I have no need to see the pictures of you standing in a bathroom mirror. I do it because I don’t want to continually hear you complain about how much your life sucks because your girlfriend/love of your life broke up with you after only three weeks. I do it because I don’t want to feel censored on my own page for fear of hurting your feelings.

Apparently, I have recently caused an uproar in the Facebook community that I reside. There’s this thing going around where everyone is changing their profile pictures to cartoons for child abuse. If you don’t know about it, it’s because you aren’t an active member of Facebook. No worries. You really haven’t missed anything. I don’t care what your reasoning’s are for changing your profile picture to a cartoon for this, but don’t complain because I refuse to do it. I’ve even heard seen people post replies saying, “…sometimes some opinions are better kept silent!”. Why? Because I have a different opinion than you? Really people? Really? My reasoning’s for refusing to change my picture don’t have anything to do with my belief in child abuse. Don’t pretend that I’ve said it does, because it simply doesn’t. By all means, you are free to post the lengthy blurb about how changing it will make a difference. I didn’t comment on it in disagreement, so why would you so rudely do that to me? Then, I read this…

Cartoons infiltrate Facebook, anti-child abuse message spills over

This was indicated in one of the participants' post on Facebook, which said, "so, i take it everyone who has taken the time to change their profile picture has also written their Congressmen demanding that the United States signs the U.N.'s Convention on the Rights of the Child? because, surely, that would be more helpful than changing our profile pictures."

Facebook has this cool feature that allows you to hide people’s comments, but if I feel like I need to be careful of what I say so to not hurt your feelings, I’m not going to hide you. I’m going to delete you.

Do not take offense. Just know that I’m trying to save our relationship. And the less drama Facebook brings to my life, the better off I am.


  1. I dont have a Facebook account but the wife does. We were wondering why all the folks were changing their pics.

    It's funny( well not really) how people attribute what they think should be what you think. Prolly oughta be more deleting going on.

    My daughter unfriended my wife and she still lives at home. LOL

  2. Ya, some people's vision of how things should be just amazes me.

  3. I didn't change my picture either, mostly because I am lazy, but also because I just didn't see how it would help.

  4. When I heard about that trend, I just thought "What the heck, I'll go along with it," and I changed my profile pic to The Magic School Bus for a few days. But I kind of doubt that seeing "a flood of childhood memories" on Facebook is would take any significant steps toward stopping child abuse, so I wouldn't pitch a fit at any of the holdouts. I even changed my picture back after Dec 6 was past.