Some etiquette issues have been established over decades of propriety. It's common sense to write thank you cards after recieving a gift or to not talk on the phone at dinner, but when it comes to social media, the rules aren't so concrete. After the tragedies in Newtown and Boston, people naturally want to share their feelings on Facebook. After a while, however, people begin posting their own personal information again and seemingly move on from the recent events. But how soon is too soon to resume normal posting habits?
Not everyone will express their grief on Facebook in the first place. For example, if your child's birthday was on the day of the Boston Marathon attack, should you not post anything about their birthday because of the event? Or is it acceptable to make a post about your child's special day? "There are no concrete rules about these things, but you want to think about who it is affecting, how many people, the scope and scale before you share and as you move into sharing other things," Jodi R.R. Smith, president of Mannersmith and author of "The Etiquette Book," told ABC News in an interview.
Aside from when it's appropriate to post things, how do you feel about seeing other people's posts that are unrealted to tragedy while on Facebook? On the day of the Boston Marathon, would it matter to you to have seen a post by a friend about something unrelated to the events?
While this topic doesn't necessarily fit with intro to psychology courses, like those offered at Ashworth College, it's still interesting to hear your opinions.