Last week, there was an article cats were sharing from the WSJ, “Ok, you’re a runner. Get over it.” The title spells out exactly what it was about, the author being annoyed by the amount of runners who are always talking about it and sharing that they run.
I get it to an extent. Runners love to tell you when they run, how they run, and even how they prepare to run. It ruins their day when they can’t run, and they like to share that too. #RunWeMuch has become a popular hashtag for runners on the right, mocking an Al Sharpton brainfart. Same thing with people who do Crossfit.
Can it be excessive? Sure. Annoying? Sometimes.
Here’s the thing . . . so what?
If it bothers you that much, unfollow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Maybe it’s just me, but more annoying than someone who overshares the same thing over and over is the person who, because they don’t want to read it, expect you to cater what you post to YOUR OWN PAGE so that it doesn’t upset them. If not running, then it’s politics, or spoilers, or those cartoons people make of themselves. Apparently it’s too much to expect them to just block it, but it’s not too much for them to expect you to change your habits.
It’s really simple, if it bothers you that much just unfollow. You have no idea how many of you I’ve unfollowed on Twitter or unsubscribed from on Facebook, mainly because I don’t feel it necessary to announce it. You’re free to post whatever you want on social media. If I don’t like it, I can block it and let you live your own life.
Which brings us to Brodigan’s Social Media Bill of Rights. I, the undersigned, have the right to . . .
. . . check in on Foursquare whenever I go to the gym.
. . . share whatever songs I feel like sharing on Spotify.
. . . talk about TV, movies, or sporting events I’ve seen regardless of if you’ve seen them or not.
. . . share as many pictures of my niece as I feel like.
. . . share as many pictures of my food or beer as I feel like and/or comment whenever I switch up my diet.
. . . live-tweet it whenever I go anywhere.
. . . share a meme I find funny even if a lot of people have already posted it.
. . . complain about fantasy football.
. . . make a political joke without it turning into another round of MSNBC vs. Fox News.
. . . post song lyrics that may or may not be subtweety towards a person or life in general.
If you’re annoyed by any of it, you’re free to unfollow. I still got love for y’all. Just do it and stop whining.