DEAR INTERWEBS, DROP DEAD
In the “good old days” when it was your friend’s birthday you’d pop a card in the mail, on the day you’d give her a call to sing Happy Birthday, then you’d meet at a bar and get stonkered.
Nowadays, it’s so much harder. Not only is your friend likely to be on some sort of detox, but you’ve also got a lot more hurdles to jump when it comes to social media etiquette.
Now, when it’s your friend’s birthday you pop a card in the mail, you post a message on her Facebook Wall, send her text, tweet her a message, pop an Instagram picture of a cup cake up on Pinterest, send an email asking when she’d like to catch up for a decaf soy latte, leave a comment on her blog about how wonderful she is and once you’ve covered all the bases, you give her a call to sing her Happy Birthday.
Then you drink a bottle of wine at home alone because you’re too exhausted to leave the house. And frankly, by then you’re over the friend’s birthday anyway.
What is the etiquette? Do people expect you to contact them on all the possible communication mediums?
What if you choose the wrong social platform to reach out? What if you only send a text and your friend’s left her phone at home and then thinks you’ve forgotten her birthday? Is it really a big deal or do I just over think things? I swear my social media anxiety is getting worse every day.
And what happens if you do actually forget your friend’s birthday? How can you blame misplacing your calendar? A reminder of her birthday pops up on Facebook now. You are backed into a corner of always being on game.
The pressure is on to not only remember her birthday, but to acknowledge it multiple times.
And it’s not just birthdays that have been complicated by social media. You should try giving birth in this modern era of over-sharing and instant information accessibility.
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