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10 Things You Should Never Talk About On Facebook

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1. Your Marriage or Serious Relationship Your relationship is between you and your partner. Don’t degrade your partner by sharing on Facebook your fights or issues. Respect your relationship and don’t share faults, failures, or other hurtful information. If you need relationship help, get help from a professional or in private from trusted friends.

2. Boss or Job Sharing information about a promotion or special project you are working on could potentially be a problem. Competitors are using information they find on the internet to steal ideas and learn where the competition is going. Plus you don’t want to get in trouble or even fired from your current job for saying unflattering things about your boss or job.

3. Children’s Personal Issues While we love seeing updates about your adorable children, please, respect them and not share their personal issues or problems. No naked baby pictures either please… these babies will grow up and that would be embarrassing. 

4. Vacation Plans Sharing vacation plans, whether short term or long term, could potentially set you up for your home to be robbed. You are letting the world know exactly when your home will be empty and a prime target for looting. Just wait till you get back and share away!

5. Personal Confessionals It is easy to confess some of your deepest, darkest secrets to a computer screen. But be careful. Those confessions may not be appropriate to share with the world. Just like words spoken, words in a status update cannot be taken back.

6. Inappropriate Pictures You all know how much attention celebrities are getting from inappropriate pictures, be careful about those questionable pictures… they may come back and bite you. Look very carefully at every picture you take. Remember that picture of a certain celebrity that he posted that accidentally showed his wife just about to breastfeed? Instead of the well planned photo being shared all people saw was a half naked person. Whoops! 

7. Risky Behavior Insurance companies are often looking online to see whether or not we are engaging in risky activities. Sharing these activities may cause your rates to go up or to be declined insurance.

8. Your Phone Number and Address Sharing personal information on Facebook is very unwise. Check your profile and personal settings to be sure that your profile page is not sharing this personal information publicly.

9. Family Issues Grandma was correct when she told us not to “air our dirty laundry.” Keep family things in the family and pick someplace other than Facebook to settle the Family feuds.

10. Religious or Political Hot Topics Before you post that hot topic religious or political comment or status, be aware that you may be opening pandoras box of unsavory comments and replies. If you can’t handle arguments, it is probably best NOT to post on those subjects. 

What topics do you avoid on Facebook? 

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.

88 Comments

  • I definitely agree that we shouldn’t post about any of these things on Facebook. It’s better to try and keep drama away, not start more with posting personal and family issues online!

  • I completely agree with all of these! I think another is anything to do with politics. The recent Scottish independence vote basically tore my family apart because they kept posting their opinion and it would just get so heated and everyone ended up upset.

  • I agree with all of these, especially the last one! I’ve seen way too many fights break out in my family because of politics. It’s just not worth it.

  • Thank you for saying this and I hope many read it and actually take your advice. I have seen some things on Facebook that I wish I did not know about other people.

  • I totally agree with your whole list. I think especially the marriage and kids thing. No way should you bash your spouse on FB or expose anything personal about your kids.

  • You should send this list to every panahelnic system at every university. My soroity set very strict rules for us when social media first started. It set a great tone for what was appropriate! Love your list too!

  • I now avoid a lot on vaccines because there are too man trolls – whom many are hired by big pharma.

  • I agree with this list. But, FB tends to be a place to vent. It’s like calling all your BFF at one time. The bad part is there is a young generation that this is all they know – social media and talking on it. So, its not unusual or abnormal for them to share anything and everything.

  • Love your tips, but must admit I’m guilty of a few myself. No pictures but family issues I have posted about. I agree you should never post about vacations you plan on going on but I also think that goes the same when you state you are going to a party that will be at such and such house because this is opportunity for break ins to happen too.

  • I’m super careful now what I post on Facebook, especially with the privacy issues! I would hate for something terrible to happen to my family

  • I agree with you on all. I tend to stay away from posting anything negative on Facebook. I think if something is bothering me, Facebook is not the place to discuss it. I use Facebook to chat with others, post cute graphics/quotes and share some highlights of my life. That’s all I think it should be.

  • You’re so right about all these things but most of the time people end up sharing all those things that you mentioned above.

  • I am shocked DAILY with all of the information people are sharing on facebook!! My husband recently posted a picture when he was in another country. I called him immediately and told him to take it down – hello…you’re telling the world that I’m home by myself with the kids!

  • My feed is full of these things! It doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s up to each person to choose what they post. Sure, sometimes I see someone posting something that strikes me as inappropriate or weird, but, you know what? It’s their FB page, not mine, so it’s not up to me to decide. There are times that I post my thoughts on something and some people get upset… well, again, it’s my page, which means I get to decide what I post. Could you imagine how boring our newsfeed would be if everyone followed these rules? Not trying to be rude at all. Just putting in my two cents. 🙂

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