Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Perfect Solution

I've been on Facebook for at least three years now.  In that time I have been repeatedly irritated by my in-laws and the many stupid comments they make.  I have a mother-in-law who likes to "friend" my friends and then make embarrassing remarks, her "husband" (she's still technically married to my father-in-law in the eyes of the church) makes crass and inappropriate remarks on both my page and my husband's.  Then I have to deal with my brother and sister-in-law as well as my father-in-law's live in girlfriend's comments.  For the most part, these are people who hardly know us.  We rarely see them despite the fact that they all live less than 1 1/2 hours from us.  Bryan's approach is to simply ignore the stuff they post.  I can't help but see it and get irritated by it as a result of seeing it.

Yesterday when Bryan posted an ultrasound picture of the baby and captioned it "gender?"  we got all sorts of comments.  The most offensive from my standpoint, and one that made my father's blood boil was my mother-in-law's "husband's" comment that it looks like Oscar, our family dog, is pregnant.  So this man likened our child to a dog.

My solution to the Facebook problem is to unfriend those who irritate me.  This morning I unfriended the irritating man who's civilly married to my mother-in-law.  Bryan had suggested that I change settings on Facebook to make it so he couldn't see or comment on anything, but I'm happier not having my name attached to him as a friend.  Over the next few weeks I think I'll start to systematically eliminate people from my Facebook friends list and be able to enjoy it as a less irritating place to visit.


  1. I do this periodically. People who irritate me or are offensive or something are gone. Next go people who are "friends" but never talk to me, but who have put things on their own pages I find offensive or immoral.

    It's a healthy thing to do--I wish you luck as you prune your friends' list. You'll feel so much better afterward!

  2. I second Nicole's comment!

    I cut my friends list in half and I enjoy facebook so much more!

    I have had a few family members blocked on and off whose comments annoy me (so we're still friends but I can't see their comments)... But they weren't posting offensive things on my page (one did get blocked for over a year after we found out we were expecting Mae over a comment he made regarding us...). If that happened they'd definitely get the axe!


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