Saturday, November 17, 2012

Social media etiquette rule #346

Not green eggs and ham. Green pancakes.

Comments on social media posts can sometimes leave you scratching your head and wondering "What was the point of that?" One thing that peeves me is people attempting to assert some kind of moral superiority or demonstrate their refined sensibilities by pointing out that they would never, ever stoop to < insert evil deed mentioned in blog post here >. Apart from the Parenting: you're doing it wrong type of comments, one of the most popular topics for this kind of "feedback" seems to be food.

If you don't eat something, like... I don't know.... green food? cottage cheese? animal products? - do you really think it's necessary to leave comments such as "Yuk" or "Euww" or "Well, I wouldn't eat the meat/cheese/green stuff, but that tomato looks nice" on somebody's blog post or Instagram photo?

Here's a tip: NOBODY CARES IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT. If you are repulsed by a particular food, that's your business. Move on, go make a constructive or insightful comment on another post or another blog.

I'm just saying.

*This little rant was not prompted by any recent comments on this here blog, so don't anybody waste a second thinking "Oh God, does she mean ME?" I promise.



Liz N said...

I could have written this for my blog lol :)

Kek said...

I think we've all bad them.... I'm over it. ;)

Kek said...

It's a whole other thing to say "I don't like X, is there something I could substitute in that recipe?" The "yuk" comments though, are just pointless and a bit nasty and piss me off mightily.

Kathryn said...

I don't think it's a social media rule, it's a life rule. I hate it when you go out with a group and someone makes a huge deal out of what they can and can't eat. If it's an issue, talk to the staff about it instead of ranting!

Kek said...

I totally agree, Kathryn. There's no need for drama...most restaurants these days can cater for all sorts of dietary needs.

Katie Paul said...

I quite like hearing the dissenting voice - after all, we invite a conversation on social media which would be boring if people only agreed with us.

As far as food preferences go, I have to admit that along with not caring if you don't like it, I don't care if you do like it. Food, smood - not that interesting to me at all. Now pass me some activated almonds :)

Kek said...

Dissenting voices are fine when it's opinions that are the point of a post. But when you post a recipe, you're not stating an opinion, you're just sharing something that some people are going to be interested in. So it's just plain rude (and probably attention-seeking) for someone to comment merely for the sake of saying "euw, I don't like that".

As for food, we differ there. I love to eat it, I love to cook it, and I love to analyse the bejesus out of it. Hey, everyone needs a hobby. ;)

Unknown said...

I loved your article as it sounds just like my sister:) She is a chef and posts pics of her food on FB - it annoys the hell out of her when people (usually family members) make comments like "Yuk" about her food. If you are not going to eat it rather just say nothing!!!

Sara said...

How do they know they don't like it? By the pic?

I admit, I do that sometimes comment that I don't like something. Usually if someone posts tempeh, I have a visceral reaction that sometimes spills out into a comment. However, I would never say 'ooooh, yuk that looks disgusting!' because, um, I'm not five, a comment like that doesn't add to the conversation (it comes across as just wanting to be seen) and because, obviously it's not disgusting to the person that posted the pic. I usually say something like 'I really want to love tempeh, and admire you so much for eating it, but it's just not something I can get into but to the old socks factor'.

I'm always looking for foodspiration because food is not only necessary, but also a very sensual and social part of life. I've always been an adventurous eater. I think being interested in food (not obsessed by it) is a good sign that someone is healthfully engaged in other fun things.

Kek said...

Amen to that, Sara!

Domesblissity said...

Thanks so much for your comment Kek on my salmon portion post. I should probably reword that. I do understand that 100grams of salmon doesn't contain 100grams of protein but maybe some of my readers won't. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Love your blog and have been a follower for a while.

Anne xx

Cyndie @ Mademoiselle Slimalicious said...

You make me laugh Kerryn! Someone left a "I would never..." on my blog not so long ago. I was saying that eating butter or cheese for breakfast is allowed in one of the fad in France (chrono-nutrition). The lady that left a comment said she would never ever recommend/influence/suggest to anyone that eating butter/cheese is good for them. To me she simply missed the point. But yes, I was still upset about it!

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