Socially Thankful: Thanksgiving Guide to Social Media

Thanksgiving.  That time of the year when it becomes socially acceptable to act like a gluttonous barbarian and devour all things in your path.  With this great freedom, comes great responsibility.  In the social day and age that we live in, it can sometimes be hard to discern what is appropriate, and what is not appropriate.  Lucky for you, reader, I have been there.  I have tweeted the things that you should never tweet, taken those pictures on Instagram, and MyStoried those moments that you will come out of your food coma wondering about.  The following is my advice on the Do’s and Don’t of Thanksgiving social media.

DO-Grandparent Snapchats

Remember that time that you convinced Grandma that “ratchet” meant cool?  Don’t you wish you had captured that precious moment to share with 100 of your closest friends?  MyStory that.  ASAP.

DONT-The Single Plate Close-up

The best thing about Thanksgiving can quickly become the worst if this rule is not followed.  The food.  Logging into instagram during the pumpkin pie stage of your meal (you had to wait until now because you were wrist deep in mashed potatoes) and seeing that one close up shot of your best friends little sister’s meal is annoying.  We get it.  You ate food.  Guess what?  So did I.  And at this moment, it’s all culminating into a powerful third trimester food baby.  Please, do not remind me.  Since when did hashtags like #FoodPorn and #SexyFood become OK?  Your food has the right to embrace it’s sexuality without being shamed.

DO- Tweet About Football

OK Bros, this one is for you. Thanksgiving is the one time of year, where everyone, including bandwagon fans and drive-by fans can come together and enjoy sports.  We’ll all be so fat and content with ourselves, who cares that you don’t even like sports 364 other days of the year!!!  Everybody knows that football is the only thing to watch on TV.  Plus, I hear that the rumble of the crowd and the whistle blowing can be just the thing to soothe you to sleep.

DON’T-Tweet About EVERYTHING You’re Thankful For.

“This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my friends, family, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, great grandparents, future children, my pet gerbil Alfred (RIP), my fourth grade science teacher, and the blades of grass on my front lawn.”  The multiple tweets allllll day long clog up everyone’s twitter timelines, and no offense to Alfred (RIP bud), but who honestly cares?  Stick to a few things you’re especially thankful for, that way there is more meaning behind those things.

DO-Live Tweet Dinner

One of the most underrated parts of Thanksgiving are the quotes.  The things that your drunk uncle asks, or the comments Grandma has to make about the Mac N’ Cheese (“It was never this dry when I made it..”) are priceless, and I’m sure that your friends would love to hear about them.  If nothing else, it’s good to document them, so when Christmas times rolls around, you have proof and reason to give to Grandma when she asks why you got her socks.  Again.

Don”t- Get Wrapped Up in It

Some families are more social than others.  I am such a social media addict that I have taught everyone in my family how to Twitter and Instagram, and new this year will be Snapchat.  I think this is great, especially because my family loves to know what I am doing at all times, and loves to keep up with all the cool happenings of a hip college student, lol.  BUT if your family is not as equally educated or into social media as you are, know when to put the phone down.  There is nothing wrong with sending your phone into airplane mode for a few hours, kicking back, and just enjoying your time off with your family.  They did cook that awesome meal in celebration of you being home, right?

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