When I was in the 8th grade, I went on a class trip. One evening, some of the boys were bored and decided to cause some trouble: they stole some of the girls' bathing suits that were hanging to dry and decided to dress themselves in them and run through the camp. It was hilarious! They posed for a few photographs and that was it. Then…the yearbook came out and one of the photos taken that night had been included. The boys were upset. I'll never forget a teacher telling them: "Always be careful when you pose for pictures - you never know where they will end up!"
Photo sharing is one of the most popular uses for Facebook and social media. However, we cannot always control which photos people choose to put up or even choose to take of us. I'm sure everyone can relate to this: I cringe when I receive notification that certain friends have posted photos because they are known for indiscriminately posting terrible pictures. Sometimes, they don't even ask you if you would like to be in a photograph! Some people's response to this issue is to simply "untag" the photos, but this, to me is not a solution: the photo is still in someone else's album and others can find it. Untagging simply causes me to lose track of the pictures that exist of me online. And while the option to approve tags is great, it still won't stop the photo from being posted.
The following points are some of the things that I take into consideration, out of courtesy to my friends, when I decide to post photos on Facebook:
1. Not every photograph I take is a masterpiece. Sometimes I happen to take boring photographs - I will be the first to admit this. Some people think that if they took 47 pictures at an event, that every one of them deserves to be posted, no matter what. This is not true - taking a few minutes to screen the photographs is worth everyone's time.