Shades of Grey: Social Media

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned.

What Do You Think? Submitted for Your Consideration and Conversation

An acquaintance connects with you using a social media networking website. You know her through a close friend, but don’t know her well. Since you’re all getting together for a Couples Night Out in a few weeks, you let her become a part of your network.

As the days go by, you see her posts coming through. She is kind of a “wild child” and shares a little “too much information” for your liking. But, she’s in your circle so you just ignore most of it to keep the peace.

One of her posts includes a suggestive photograph of a married man you know from work. Thinking you’ve seen more than enough, you remove her from your social network without mentioning it to your close friend.

The day before your Couples Night Out, you decide not to attend because of the wild child; you feel it is easier than facing her and your friend. Your husband wants to know why you don’t want to go.

You share with your husband why you are uncomfortable, including what you saw in the photograph with the man from your work. He suggests you go anyway, and forget about it. He says it isn’t your problem. Do you agree with him and go to the event, or insist the two of you go elsewhere alone? Would this kind of discussion spur a fight, or an open discussion?

Alternatively, if the man from work will be there with his girlfriend, do you decide to go and let his girlfriend know discretely about the photo? What if they were about to be married, would that change what you think you should tell her?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.