Social media is so influential that it was able to transform some of the most mundane things in our lives into share-worthy tidbits. Before, no one cared about what you ate for dinner or what song you are currently listening to. No one would bother about your favorite movie or favorite artist, unless you are personally connected or acquainted with them. But with social media, sharing every bit of information is vital to gain more “friends” or connections. Of all these “shareable” content, the most interesting is the photo. Images attract more attention than typed words, and it can also encourage others to view your profile and learn more about you. There is nothing wrong in sharing images, but there should be limits to what you share online. Here are some of the top photo sharing no-no’s that you need to remember.
There is a reason why privates are called as such—they should kept in the confines of your clothes, and should never be a subject of any photograph. If you are not working in the adult entertainment industry and has nothing to gain if such images gets “leaked,” don’t even think about posting your nudes online, even if they are meant for private consumption. Learn from high profile scandals: disgraced politicians who thought snapping images of their privates using their business phone are now out of work. Even if these photos gets leaked or shared on a smaller scale, it would still cause shame and stress not only for you but also for your loved ones.
Pictures of bruises, open wounds, and bones sticking out of the skin should never be shared to other people without their consent. Even if they are your friends or relatives, such graphic images could make them feel sick or uneasy, especially if they are squeamish with the sight of blood, or even the smallest of wounds. These images could also bring undue stress to your loved ones or relatives, especially if they are not aware of the predicament that caused such injury. God forbid, your loving grandmother might have a heart attack when she sees her favorite grandchild seriously hurt.
Intimate contact/Displays of Affection
Pictures that depict lip-locking and petting, even when done in private, should never be shared online. The Internet is a public domain, so sharing these “private” intimate moments is just the same as public displays of affection. Only, PDAs remain “tame” because of the public’s judging eyes; often, these intimate photos depict couples in various sexual positions, but with their clothes on. If PDAs are awkward, imagine seeing your Facebook wall filled with your friend or relative’s photos in various states of sexual depravity. Now imagine your parents’ reaction when they see your intimate photos online—awkwaaaaaaard!
This category applies to all types of images shared online, from selfies to landscapes. It is not really bad to give your mug a simple retouch, especially if you took the self-shot after a long workday. But please, don’t get too enthusiastic with the photo editor to make your face flawless, because all your friends know how you really look. Your landscape photos would also look unreal if you get too generous with color correction. Photo editing is just like putting on make-up: it can hide flaws and blemishes, but if you put too much, it can also cake-up your face and make you look like a freak. It would be best to keep the edits at the minimum, so that you can still preserve the essence of your photo while highlighting the beauty of your subject.
The author juggles being a wife to an engineer and a mother to a witty toddler. Find Monique on Google+.