Also, keep in mind that any message you share with close family members, too, will expand to your entire online community. (The tension can also be heightened by vaccines, health measures, and the stress of an abnormal year.) Answering your sister about something online doesn’t mean you can talk to her as harshly as you can in private. Ms. Gottsman advises taking a heated family discussion offline.
“Don’t start a family feud on social media,” said Ms. Gottsman. “It can have an impact on the next family vacation.”
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When soliciting donations for a specific cause or charity, or asking for money to pay the rent or medical bills of someone with a GoFundMe campaign, be aware that many people’s financial situation has changed over the past few years The year has changed and there may be many other times past compared to many other objections. Skip shameful sentences like “How can you not help this person?” Instead, as Ms. Gottsman said, use things like “If your heart moves you, I share it.”
Look at your audience.
Do you think less vigilance is required because your text group is small or your settings have been changed to private? Think again When Heidi Cruz, the wife of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, shared her family’s plans to flee to Mexico on vacation from a devastating Texas winter storm, she only texted a small group of neighbors and friends. Screenshots of the news ended up with journalists. Elaine Swann, etiquette expert and founder of the School of Protocol in Carlsbad, California, points out that not just one person shared the chat with the New York Times. There were others who agreed.
“Even if you think it’s just your inner circle, there is always someone who is not 100 percent on your team,” she said. “That’s the person who takes the screenshot before you delete everything that is.”
Prohibition of height discussions.
Posting about food and fitness can be even more enticing than usual as many people have changed what they eat and how much they exercise during the pandemic. But limit your comment to how these lifestyle changes make you feel, not how they make you look. Among other things, not all people had the luxury of having more time to exercise during the pandemic – or if they had, they may not have had the energy to do so.
Dr. Lindsay Kite is the founder of Beauty Redefined, a non-profit organization that promotes body image resilience, and the author of “More Than a Body”. She noted that your “before” photo – which talks about how fat you look – may be someone else’s “after”.