Breakups, deaths ... they're very difficult emotionally. When you're going through a tough time, it's natural to feel vulnerable -- especially when you're out there in the social media world. I can only imagine that things are pretty rough right now for Ashton Kutcher now that he and Demi Moore have made their split official. Here's his tweet on the subject:
@aplusk: I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK.
Um ... about that. Sorry, Ashton, but we all know about what happened in the hotel room that night. Yes marriage takes work, but when you're with your soul mate, it's worth putting in all the effort in the world. It's also worth keeping your hands to yourself.
Allow me to lend you some advice? When the times get tough, STEP AWAY from Twitter. And Facebook. And, well, all of it.
As it is, being an active member of the social media world is demanding. If someone messages or tweets you and you don't respond, you're not "with it." Then they won't want to interact with you anymore because you're not engaged in the process.
But when you're going through a hard time, it's best to either say that you'll be taking a break for a while so others know what's up, or just retreat into silence. Take Kris Humphries, for example. When the Kardashian katastrophe went down, he disappeared from Twitter altogether, only recently returning earlier this week. Humphries needed time to think and reflect out of the spotlight -- a decision that was very admirable.
The last thing you want during a tough time is to broadcast your most personal thoughts for the entire world to see. That is the exact reason why so many people (including me) choose not to list their relationship status on Facebook. If something goes awry with your long-term love, it's hard enough to cope as it is. I don't need the whole world seeing me change my status, then send comments like "Sorry!" and "Just checking to see how you're doing!" If anything, the sentiment just reminds me of how hard things are in the real world.
A la Kutcher's example, you're also not thinking clearly during the rough times. I have an inkling that if the Two and a Half Men star were to rewrite his last tweet a month or two from now, it would be completely different. Take time for yourself to grieve, my man, do yourself a favor, and move away from the keyboard.
Do you step away from Twitter and Facebook when you're having a tough time?
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