People often get frustrated and upset with one another. At such times, it’s natural to want to express those feelings in a healthy way. There’s a place for “venting” in any relationship, but that place is not Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other form of social media. If you air your dirty laundry in an open and general forum, you’ll only hurt your relationship and destroy any sense of trust that may still remain between you two.
Venting is intensely personal. It’s not about broadcasting your negative thoughts to a general audience. Instead, it’s a method of “de-briefing” with intimate supporters whom you trust. It should be done with one or two people who understand your situation and who have some kind of personal interest in the emotions you’re expressing. .
The purpose is to get your feelings out in the open so that you can take a second look at them and evaluate them. This is an important part of the process of communicating with loved ones, setting and re-adjusting goals, and making necessary changes. We all need to vent once in a while, both for our own sake and for the sake of those who are closest to us. But this should only be done in a private setting with a trusted confidant.
Venting is a private matter. Interactions via social media are public. Many of us tend to think of Instagram and Facebook postings as something that stays between “followers and friends.” Actually, this kind of communication is relatively open-ended. Whether you realize it or not, it has the potential to reach a much wider audience than you may have intended within a very short time. Once you’ve put something out there, you have no way of controlling the forwards and second-postings by “followers and friends” and “friends of friends.” A good rule of thumb is, “Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want to see printed on the front page of The Dallas Morning News.” .
If you need to vent, do it off-line. Frustrations are something you should discuss with her/him, not a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. .
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