Avoid unwanted problems by being socially responsible,

The night grows late, and you are snuggled up alone to your iPhone. A new message pops up on Facebook.

 

The message reads, “What are you doing? Want to meet up?” If this has ever happened, you can officially say you are a victim of a Facebook booty call.

 

A Facebook booty call is when someone flirts or hits on you via Facebook. According to an online study conducted by the UK, one out of every three divorces are because of Facebook. Whether or not you are in a relationship, it is important to avoid a can of worms being released by your own Facebook predators. Your own well-being can be saved by detoxing your friends list, being a prude and openly communicating.

 

I know it can be tempting to want to outlast and outfriend everyone on Facebook. Every few months, however, conduct a Facebook purge and give your friends list an extensive detox. When clearing your friends list, be sure to use the three-month rule. If you have not spoken with them in the past three months or do not plan to speak to them in the next three months, delete said “friend.”

 

Be a prude online and don’t be a Facebook tease. Avoid taking promiscuous photos of your self or posing with friends who proudly post risqué photos. This includes girls with cleavage in raunchy outfits and boys who stand in front of mirrors with their shirts off. Also, avoid overcrowding and commenting someone’s posts if you are not interested in them. It is very easy for a friend to confuse innocent socializing with flirting.

 

Don’t allow yourself to be Facebook booty-called. Be clear of what will and will not stand in online interaction. If in a relationship, have an open door policy and discuss with your partner what your expectations are for their behavior on social media. Next time you hit up the World Wide Web, remember Facebook responsibility.

 

By Emily Stephenson
Staff Writer