Where to draw the line on status updates

Rabab Al-Sharif

Rabab Al-Sharif is tying her shoe, putting on Chap Stick, updating her status, blinking and breathing. OMG. LOL. ROFL. BRB.

This is a pretty good model of the status updates that flood my Facebook feed every second. A list of useless, mundane information with just a dash of Internet slang seems to be the perfect formula for a lame status update.

Facebook has given our generation a platform with which we can enlighten the world with every riveting second of our lives.

Even Yahoo! and Google Mail are jumping on the bandwagon by adding the status update option.

It’s cool and all that you are “going to go to geology, taking a shower, doing some homework and then gettin’ crunk with the besties tonight,” but does anyone really give a crap?

I’ll be the first to admit that I, too, have had some pretty lame status updates in the past. We all have.

And I probably would have lived the rest of my life ignoring the daily planner status model and keeping my annoyances to myself until my roommate brought the grand daddy of stupid statuses to my attention a few days ago.

We were sitting in our room procrastinating as usual when my roommate looks at me and says, “Oh my god, you are never going to believe this.”

She then proceeded to read me this status update from her news feed: “Water just broke.”

One of her “friends” was pregnant and actually updated her status after her water broke. I’m glad that while in labor people can still find the time to update their status.

After a “seriously?!” moment and about five minutes of hysterical laughter, I got to thinking.

Now I know the point of a status is to let people know what you are doing, but when is it too much information? I can’t say for sure, but personally I would probably draw the line way before broken water.

I’m not really sure if having a baby is the time to let your pals know what you’re up to. When your updates become “BRB havin a baby,” I think it’s safe to say that you are taking this thing a bit too far.

People all over the world are constantly updating statuses from work, school and even their cars.

Some people update it every hour on the hour.

I even read something online about a couple who changed their relationship status on Facebook to “married” while at the altar.

Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, especially those who live far away, but everyone out there doesn’t need to know every detail of every second of every day.

There are times when you need to just put down the phone or laptop and enjoy the outside world.

Just in case anyone was wondering; Rabab Al-Sharif is ending her column. TTYL.

Rabab Al-Sharif is a sophomore magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].