Saturday, November 10, 2012

NHBPM: Opening Up About Your Health on Facebook


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Today prompt is: "Should people post about their (or loved ones) health on Facebook? Why/why not?"

For me it would seem completely artbitrary to avoid discussing my health conditions on Facebook. I use social media to break down stereotypes and barriers and educate others about how to live their best lives with chronic health issues.

However, I do impose certain limitations on how open I'll be on Facebook since so many people I'm friends with on that particular social media site are people in know in real life.

I'm not ordinarily as open, graphic or unflinching in things I post on Facebook as I am in things I blog or Tweet about. I'm always honest, but I try to balance that with an eye toward whether I'm likely to swerve into TMI territory and make my friends and family uncomfortable.

For instance, I've blogged more than once about times when I puked on myself or pooped my pants. But I don't feel comfortable or appropriate talking about those instances on Facebook.

How open are you about your health on Facebook? What, if anything, do you hold back and why?

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